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Michael the Archangel caused me to be late to pick up my daughter from school


Michael "The Archangel" Swank

On my way to pick up my junior high daughter from school today, I was passed by several police cars and then delayed for several minutes by what appeared to be a multiple car accident which really looked like a giant fender bender.

I realized what happened when I saw a Facebook post from our local police department and let me just say... Even having covered local news for 10 years, it is not something I could have suspected.

Apparently, it all started in a one horse town called Robeline (legend has it that the town got its name in the 1800's from bands of robbers who traveled through while the area was under no official country's flag..."robbers lane"). Robeline is about 15 miles east of my daughters school.

"An incident in Robeline earlier today resulted in parish and town police being involved in a not so high speed chase that ended with multiple vehicles being damaged," the police report stated.

Many, Louisiana police had received a call from neighboring Robeline police stating they were pursuing a bandit who had just left a gas station on the main highway in the small town.

The bandit was identified as 45 year-old Michael Swank of Kentucky. He reportedly had gassed up his pickup truck, then held the gas nozzle up and sprayed the area heavily with gasoline. He then threw $60 in cash on the ground and declared to those around that he was Michael the Archangel.

Right about 3 p.m., as school was letting out, the police managed to force the suspect off the road just a few blocks west of Many High and Many Junior High School. In the process, two local sheriffs department police vehicles and one Robeline police vehicle received damage, as did the suspect's truck.

Michael's antics caused traffic to and from the school to be backed up several miles.

Michael was booked into the local jail on multiple charges, and police say their investigation is ongoing.

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