GR homeowner says she doesn’t know how fugitive ended up in home

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A standoff situation resolved peacefully in Grand Rapids Wednesday evening, but neighboring residents were confused about what was going on.

"It was kind of chaotic, but we just tried to stay in the house and be nosy," said Ward Brandel, a man who lives next door to the barricaded house. He said he saw the whole thing unfold, and didn't learn until later that a fugitive was barricaded inside.

Brandel wasn't the only one; the homeowner herself originally said she wasn't sure why the fugitive was lodged up in her home.

"I guess the man was wanted for some gun charges that I knew nothing about," the homeowner told FOX 17, who only wanted to be identified as April. "I have no acquaintance to this man whatsoever."

Police were stationed outside her home on Diamond Avenue for over 6 hours Wednesday, where 45-year-old Raymond Bettison was hiding out. Bettison was spotted by the FBI Fugitive Task Force, who had him under surveillance after he violated his probation. He had a felony warrant out of Allegan County for carrying a concealed weapon.

Raymond Bettison, image courtesy Michigan Department of Corrections. Image taken October 27, 2008.

Raymond Bettison, image courtesy Michigan Department of Corrections. Image taken October 27, 2008.

Bettison has a lengthy rap sheet, including charges of assault and intent to murder that date back to 1992. He also has previous charges of felony firearm and possession of cocaine. He was finally apprehended around 6:30 p.m., when a K-9 unit found him hiding in the attic. He was bitten in the leg and treated for minor injuries.

April says that she was at work while it all went down, and was surprised to find her house a mess when she got home. Tread marks littered her yard, and one of her windows was blown out.

"What I thought of the damage is that GRPD needs to pay me for tearing up my house!" April said. "I don't think it's fair to do any tax-paying citizen like that."

She initially told FOX 17 that she didn't know anything about the fugitive, but later told FOX 17 that she used to work with Bettison "years ago."

Grand Rapids police couldn't comment on whether or not April will face any charges. Bettison, GRPD says, will eventually be taken back to Allegan County for arraignment.

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6 comments

  • NO PC FOR ME

    All those previous felony charges and he’s not in prison. Gee..what’s wrong with our prison system. And people ask why society is failing apart?

    • Jeff

      What’s wrong with the prison system is that it is so full of the mentally ill that there is no room for criminals. Nobody wants new prisons built in their neighborhood, but there would be far less pushback for highly secured mental health treatment facilities. But the government is unwilling to even admit that untreated mentally ill people are hands-down the biggest threat to national security that exists, foreign or domestic, because if they admitted that they would also have to admit in the same breath that they are doing NOTHING about it.

  • Yup

    So the trash came back to his old haunts. Prob still had the key. It’s not the police depts fault you kept or keep friends of this nature try your insurance company.

  • Commonsense

    Honey,
    It turns out that you were caught in your own lies. This is what happens when you aid a fugitive. Try as you might in the media, but stop the lies, you knew you were breaking the law by letting your boyfriend live with you. The only justice will come when you serve prison time as well.

  • Howard R.

    It is clear the reporter doesn’t know the difference between a homeowner and a renter or a house and a duplex. Less than a minute of research would have cleared that up for her. To answer the “homeowner’s” question of who will fix the damage, the landlord would be a good guess.