Deputies: Armed man makes woman drive to ATM

An ATM surveillance photo of a man who the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says abducted a woman. (Aug. 14, 2014)

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – Sheriff’s deputies are investigating after a woman said a man abducted her at knifepoint in southeastern Ottawa County and then made her drive to an ATM to give him money.

The abduction allegedly happened at about midnight Thursday outside the Brookmeadow Apartments at Kenowa Avenue SW and 44th Street SW, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

The Grand Rapids ATM a woman says she was forced to drive to and withdraw money. (Aug. 14, 2014)
(The Grand Rapids ATM a woman says she was forced to drive to and withdraw money. Aug. 14, 2014)

A 24-year-old woman told sheriff’s officials a man with a knife forced her drive to a Fifth Third Bank branch ATM on Bridge Street NW near Stocking Avenue in Grand Rapids to withdraw money and give it to him.

“Ultimately the suspect had her drop him off in the area of Fulton (Street) and Lane (Avenue),” sheriff’s office Capt. Mark Bennett said.

The woman was not hurt.

“There was some dialogue between the suspect and the victim. The suspect claimed that he lived in Grand Rapids and was out in that Grandville, Jenison area visiting,” Bennett said. “There was some other conversation about what he needed the money for — medical bills, etc.”

It’s unknown whether that’s true.

The suspect is described as being between 20 and 30, medium height and about 180 pounds, and having a tight beard. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, khaki cargo shorts and a white baseball cap with a blue bill.

Thursday, deputies canvassed Brookmeadow Apartments to see if anyone could identify the man.

An alleged abduction has neighbors at the apartment complex fearing for their safety.

“It’s a scary world right now,” Leah Phenix said.

Phenix has lived at Brookmeadow for about two years. She and her husband have an 11-month-old daughter.

“I was a little worried because I come home with my daughter sometimes at night. That’s not something I want to have to worry about,” she said. “It kind of made me think about what would I do in that situation. What would I do if my daughter was in the car? So as a family we kind of sat down and said this is what we would do.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 616.738.4000.

24 Hour News 8’s Koco McAboy contributed to this report.

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