Georgetown Twp. man charged in bank robbery

Todd Kooiker
Todd Kooiker

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) – A 51-year-old Georgetown Township man has been charged after authorities say he robbed a credit union while dressed in women’s clothing and led sheriff’s deputies on a chase that ended in a crash Friday morning.

Todd Kooiker was taken to Ottawa County Jail after being treated at a Grand Rapids hospital for injuries. He has been charged with bank robbery and fleeing & eluding authorities.

Todd Kooiker
Todd Kooiker

The Community West Credit Union just south of I-196 in Hudsonville was robbed Friday morning. Authorities believe Kooiker 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 on Friday. “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. It was Kooiker, who started to speed away; 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.

Kooiker sustained non-life-threatening injuries after the crash. He is being held on a $200,000 cash bond.

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