After Branch Lockdown/Shooting, Robbery Suspect Arrested in Hospital
In the wake of a lockdown and failed robbery attempt at a branch of the $741 million TwinStar Credit Union, police in Centralia, Wash. reported Wednesday they have arrested the suspect in an Olympia hospital after he sought treatment for two gunshot wounds.
The suspect, identified as 57-year-old Michael Anthony Lars, was arrested after showing up at Providence St. Peter's Hospital with gunshot wounds to the elbow and hip after media accounts say he broke into the CU early Wednesday and held a knife and gun to an employee who was opening up the facility.
The employee, who was not identified, was taken away safely by police just as police fired two shots at the suspect who apparently escaped the facility through a broken window. The branch remained in a SWAT team lockdown as police tried to determine if Lars was still inside.
The SWAT team surrounded the CU branch and spent hours trying to reach the man they thought was inside. They called on a phone, used loudspeakers, and even broadcast a message over a local radio station that was playing inside the bank, but there was no response, noted the Seattle Times. Police later entered the CU and found it empty.