Witnesses recall morning bank robbery in Marshalls Creek

Police arrested a man accused of armed robbery at ESSA bank in Marshalls Creek on Thursday morning.

Surveillance video from the bank showed Michael Muse, 43, pointing a gun at bank tellers and demanding that they put money in a bag, Pennsylvania State Police said Thursday at 13 time. A cashier gave him “a large sum” of money, and Muse fled the building at around 10:20 am.

A sign reading ‘Closed due to an emergency’ was stuck on the door of ESSA Bank and Trust on Milford Road at 10:45 am and urging customers to visit their nearest branch if necessary. The police could be seen driving visitors away from the building.

Two witnesses at the scene described what they saw in the minutes leading up to the incident.Someone matching Muses’ description sat on the sidewalk in the bank parking lot around 10:15 a.m.

A Pennsylvania State Police cruiser flies over Route 209 in Marshalls Creek on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Police are investigating reports of a bank robbery at ESSA Bank and Trust in Marshalls Creek.

His clothes concealed much of his appearance – police said he was wearing a sweatshirt, black face cover and yellow gloves. Witnesses said the situation looked “fishy”, and said it gave them a “funny feeling”.

They parked in the parking lot next to the bank and saw the man, presumed to be Muse, get up and enter the building. The minutes passed and he left.

“He was walking, like, hesitantly backing up, and he’s sort of looking around,” the witness said. Then he ran.

Witnesses said he fled in the direction of AutoZone and CVS next to the bank. His clothes made it difficult to tell whether the man was young or old, but he was moving “like he was in the prime of his life.”

Witnesses told the soldiers they saw him driving away in a white van. PSP chased a van that fit this description, eventually chasing Muse and arresting him in Middle Smithfield Township.

Muse faces charges of robbery, theft and flight and escape.

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