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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Hospital security staff detained a bank robbery suspect Thursday afternoon, Grand Rapids police said.
The suspect has been identified as Michael Loren Smith. He later admitted to an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent to committing the crime, and that his motivation was to support his cocaine addiction, according to court documents.
The robbery happened around 4:30 p.m. at the Chase Bank at 200 Ottawa Avenue NW. Smith alleged entered the bank, implied he had a weapon and then demanded money. He was given some cash and then fled.
Officers soon arrived and arrested Smith who had more than $1,900 in cash in his possession.
Neither the suspect nor anyone else was hurt.
It's not yet known if police recovered a weapon. Spectrum Health officials said the suspect was unarmed at the hospital.
The entrance to the hospital was temporarily sealed off while GRPD was at the scene, but was reopened by 6 p.m. Several other people were taken from the hospital in police cruisers, but a GRPD captain said they were not suspects.
Smith was previously convicted in 2005 for robbing the same bank, which was a Bank One branch at that time. During this heist, he handed a teller a note that read, "5000 or die," while implying he had a gun. He was later sentenced to 60 months in prison, released to a halfway house, sent back after violating the rules, and kept in custody until February 2013 when he was again released. As of February, he still owed the restitution costs from the previous crime.
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