Lincoln Police Arrest Man in Westgate Bank Robbery
On July 10, 2008, at 8:43 a.m., dispatch received a call about a possible bank robbery at Westgate Bank, 2037 S 17th Street. A woman at a nearby business saw the bank employees with their hands up and a black male inside with something covering his face. Her quick actions helped us to respond immediately to the incident. After the suspect left, we received a call from a bank employee. A man, later identified as Michael Ealey, entered the bank and placed a plastic bag, containing two yellow tubes, onto the counter. He told the teller that it was a bomb and asked for all the money. She complied. Before he left, he had all employees lay on the floor. None were injured and he took the possible bomb with him.
Within minutes, Detective Sergeant Barrett spotted a man matching the description riding a bike at 20th & C Street. Michael Ealey still had the bank money in his possession. At about the same time, we received a report of a suspicious package in an alley near 17th & Harwood – just north of the bank. Lincoln Fire & Rescue quickly responded with their Bomb Squad. It was homemade device fashioned to look like a bomb. It was not explosive. Michael Ealey has been arrested. This is the third bank robbery he has committed in Lincoln. He committed a robbery at the same Westgate Bank on 2-16-1991.
Michael Ealey 52 years of age
1255 S 27th Street; Lincoln, NE
Use of a Firearm to Commit a Felony