New details on GR credit union robbery, standoff

David Thomas SaundersGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Federal court documents are shedding more light on the Aug. 18 Lake Michigan Credit Union robbery inside St. Mary’s Hospital as well as a police standoff with the suspect the next day.

According to a complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, 23-year-old David Thomas Saunders entered the bank at about 3:21 p.m. and handed the teller a note that said, “This is a robbery, count the money, I have a weapon, do as I say and no one gets hurt.”

He then allegedly took $2,271 from the bank and fled on foot.

The FBI agent who prepared the complaint says a witness came forward the next day claiming they had driven Saunders to and from the Jefferson Street hospital.

Saunders was dropped off at a home on Grand Avenue near Fountain, where he had a nearly two-hour standoff with police Tuesday evening.

St. Mary's robbery suspect

Surveillance photo from Aug. 18 robbery at Lake Michigan Credit Union

According to the court documents, Saunders had shaved his head and investigators found hair as well as the clothes he was wearing  in surveillance photos on the day of the robbery when searching the home.

No court date has been set.

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