Manhunt over for suspect in 2-state crime spree

Unclear what Jacob Savickas has been doing in week since last alleged crime

Jacob Savickas
An Aug. 9, 2017 mug shot of Jacob Savickas. (Kent County Sheriff's Office)

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Jacob Savickas’ alleged eight-day crime spree ended at a hotel in metro Grand Rapids late Wednesday afternoon.

An FBI Violent Fugitive Task Force, which included bureau agents as well as Kent County sheriff’s deputies and Grand Rapids police, arrested Savickas without incident at the Clarion Inn & Suites on 28th Street in Cascade Township.

Jacob Savickas
An Aug. 9, 2017 mug shot of Jacob Savickas. (Kent County Sheriff’s Office)

“They were able to follow up on some leads that tracked him to that specific hotel where he was taken into custody,” Kent County Undersheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young said.

But where Savickas has been and what he’s been doing in the week since the last crime he is accused of committing remains a mystery.

Investigators say they aren’t getting a lot of answers out of Savickas.

“He had definitely been under the influence of drugs for a substantial number of days during that time that he was not in custody,” LaJoye-Young said.

The drug habit may also be the motive for Savickas’ alleged crimes, according to investigators.

Savickas’ run from the law began July 26 after he allegedly robbed a Mobil gas station in Wyoming. The next day, a suspect matching his description robbed an Admiral gas station in Cedar Springs. Surveillance video shows him slipping a note to the cashier. He’s also believed to be the driver who got away from deputies after a short high-speed chase later that night.

Investigators believe Savickas is responsible for three more robberies in Indiana over the following two days. He is thought to have returned to Kent County on Aug. 1, when he allegedly stole a carton of cigarettes from a gas station on Alpine Avenue, slightly injuring a clerk during his getaway.

Around 5:30 a.m. Aug. 2, a man fitting Savickas’ description tried holding up a Walker McDonald’s. Then, at about 10:30 a.m. the same day, police say Savickas robbed the Independent Bank branch at Plainfield and Fuller avenues NE.

A map showing the unarmed robberies and attempted unarmed robberies that police suspect Jacob Savickas of committing.

Then he disappeared.

A witness told 24 Hour News 8 Savickas checked into the 28th Street hotel Tuesday night. There are no reports of anyone matching his description committing crimes after Aug. 2.

“We don’t have a lot of reports of activity on his behalf during that time. We think that he was mostly trying to evade being taken into custody,” Undersheriff LaJoye-Young said. “So he was laying pretty low. And we don’t have any additional incidents yet. But again, that one of the things that we will investigate.”

Police didn’t find any weapons when they arrested Savikas Wednesday. All of his alleged crimes were unarmed robberies.

But his apparent drug problem and continued brazen acts had investigators worried about safety — both for his victims and Savickas himself.

“It’s a relief that he’s no longer out there committing offenses,” the undersheriff said.

Online records for Grand Rapids’ 61st District Court show Savickas was arraigned Thursday morning on charges of bank robbery and being a third-time habitual offender. He is expected back in court for a probable cause conference on Aug. 22 and again on Aug. 29 for a preliminary exam.

He also faces charges out of Kent County’s 63rd District Court for larceny from a person and fleeing a police officer; in 62A District Court in Wyoming for larceny from a person; and in Walker’s 59th District Court for larceny from a person. He also faces a charge of being a habitual offender in each of those courts. Court dates have not yet been set.

In the meantime, Savickas is being held at the Kent County Correctional Facility on a $200,000 cash or surety bond.

His girlfriend was with him in the hotel room at the time of his arrest. So far, there is no indication she was involved in any of his alleged crimes.