Paden Rothenberger should be taking part in classes at Jeffers High School, but sits in jail in Houghton County charged with two felonies in connection with the attempted robbery Saturday of the Superior National Bank in Chassell Township.
18-year-old Paden Rothenberger was arraigned in 97th District Court in Houghton Monday. He was charged with attempted bank robbery and attempted armed robbery. Both are felonies that could carry up to 5 years in prison.
Police say Rothenberger and a 15-year-old boy approached a Superior National Bank in Chassell Township on Saturday wearing masks and carrying what were described in court as toy guns. The suspects tried to enter the lobby but the doors were locked: only the drive through was open. The suspects returned later to try again to get into the bank. That’s when they were arrested.
The judge set bond for Rothenberger at $10,000 and added that the bond was so high due to the seriousness of the crime and the “stupidity” of those committing it.
When asked by the judge if he had anything to say about the bond, Rothenberger tearfully said…quote…”I’m sorry I did this. I just want to finish high school and finish my life.”
Another suspect, 16-year-old girl, was arrested in connection with the robbery on Sunday. Both minors were sent to a juvenile holding site in Saint Ignace.
High School officials received word on Saturday about Rothenberger’s arrest and are currently determining how to deal with the situation. The Adam’s Township School policy regarding felony convictions is possible suspension or expulsion. Jeffers High School Assistant Principal Mike Benda could only describe the news of the attempted bank robbery as “shocking.”