Chase Bank robbery suspect arrested


WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who police say robbed the Chase Bank inside of the Alpine Avenue Meijer in Walker Tuesday evening is now behind bars.

The Walker Police Department along with assistance from Grand Rapids Police SRT and the FBI located the suspect and arrested him. No word on when the arrest took place or where it happened at this time. However, the suspect has been turned over to the FBI for further investigation and charges.

The robbery happened around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Walker Police, Michigan State Police and the FBI were on scene for hours collecting evidence.

Police released a photo of the alleged robber, who apparently did nothing to hide his identity.

The man suspected of robbing the Chase Bank branch inside the Alpine Avenue Meijer. (May 6, 2014)
(The man suspected of robbing the Chase Bank branch inside the Alpine Avenue Meijer. May 6, 2014)

Police say he demanded cash and obtained an undisclosed amount before leaving the scene driving a vehicle that police suspect was a White Kia Amanti with a sunroof. It was not immediately clear which direction he went after departing the store.

A sign posted at the Chase branch said it was temporarily closed, but did not say when it would reopen.

About 15 minutes north at the Mobil station located at the intersection of Edgerton Avenue and 14 Mile Road in Algoma Township, Kent County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an attempted robbery around 5:40 p.m.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department on the scene of a robbery at a Mobil station on Edgerton Avenue and 14 Mile. (May 6, 2014)
(The Kent County Sheriff’s Department on the scene of a robbery at a Mobil station on Edgerton Avenue and 14 Mile. May 6, 2014)

A witness told 24 Hour News 8, a middle-aged, short, white man entered the store and approached the register. The man allegedly told the clerk, “You need to give me the money out of your till,” the witness said.

The clerk at the register replied, “I can’t do that,” the witness said.

“You don’t understand. I need the money. I’ve got problems at home,” the would-be robber then allegedly told the clerk.

The clerk again refused to give the man any money. The man then took off as some customers entered the store, the witness said.

The witness said the would-be robber did not make a threat and did not show a gun or imply he had one.

Walker Police Sgt. Jon Paasch told 24 Hour News 8 his department was in communication with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department about whether the incidents are connected.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact Walker police or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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