Chase, crash after credit union robbery

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) – A motorcyclist suspected of robbing a credit union while dressed in women’s clothing led sheriff’s deputies on a chase that ended in a crash Friday morning, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

The robbery happened around 10 a.m. at the Community West Credit Union at 4205 32nd Ave. just south of I-196 in Hudsonvi8lle, according to the sheriff’s office. A man entered the bank with what appeared to be a gun and demanded cash.

“He was dressed in female clothing,” Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mark Bennett said. “The bank tellers described they were certain he was male, but he was disguised in female clothing.”

Bennett said the suspect got away with “a sum” of money.

Around 10:30 a.m., a patrol sergeant spotted a man on a motorcycle on Port Sheldon Boulevard near 88th Avenue in Blendon Township. They weren’t immediately certain he was the suspect, but then he did something set him firmly in their sights:

“There was a wig discarded, and that’s what clued the patrol units,” Bennett said.

The suspect took off, continuing north on 96th Avenue to Fillmore Street, then headed east on Fillmore. He then turned around to head west on Fillmore, at which point he lost control of his motorcycle and slid into the side of a deputy’s cruiser.

“Pretty dramatic crash as it relates to the individual being thrown and tumbling about the roadway,” said Bennett, who saw the crash happen. “Pretty significant impact. It’s amazing there weren’t more serious injuries.”

The suspect sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Bennett said the suspect was alert and talking at the scene and was taken to the hospital, where he remained Friday afternoon.

A bag of cash and a BB gun that resembled an actual firearm were recovered at the scene of the crash, Bennett said.

“We found many pieces of evidence we believe were involved in the bank,” Bennett said.

That evidence will be used to build a bank robbery case against the still-unnamed 51-year-old suspect from Georgetown Township.

No officers or citizens were hurt, authorities said.

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