2nd Grand Rapids bank robbed

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A second Grand Rapids bank has been robbed.

Grand Rapids Police say that the Fifth Third Bank at 700 Bridge Street NW was robbed just a little after 1:00 p.m. Monday. Another Fifth Third branch was robbed at about 9:00 a.m. at Michigan Street and Fuller Avenue NE.

Police say they have closed the 700 block of Bridge Street as a K9 track has been started. Traffic should use Lake Michigan Drive as an alternate route.

The suspect is described as a black man, in his 30’s, about 5’8″ tall and a slim build. Police are not yet saying if the two robberies are connected.

Police surrounded a home on National NW, but have sense cleared that scene.


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    • Ann

      Usual suspect tf that mean??? So when a school shooting happen and they say white male outcast that parents didn’t care enough to get involved with their kid is school we can say “usual suspect” or when a white male kills his entire family “usual suspect” how about u look up in the news the macatawa bank robberies in holland. Both white males and the white male that just shot up a game tournament because he lost!!! usual suspect

      • Sam

        Reality disagrees with you there, Ann.

        Unfortunately, while it is true that the 13% of the population that is African-American is responsible for only 26.9% of crime overall (Extrapolating from the 2016 “Crime in the US” report published by the FBI) and thus is firmly out of “Usual suspect” territory, African-American offenders make up a greater share of violent crime- And interestingly, account for the majority of robbery offenders. According to the FBI’s annual Bank Crime Statistics report, in 2016, out of 3963 bank robbers whose race could be identified, 57.9% were African-American. This lines up with the FBI’s “Crime in the US” report from the same year, which states 54.5% of all robbery perpetrators are African-American, as well as figures from independent sources, which generally put the proportion of African-American robbery perpetrators somewhere from 50-60%. Additionally, most experts put the percentage of violent crime offenders that are male as between 90% and 95%. While the suspect being in his 30s is a bit of an outlier and information on the body type of offenders is hard to come by, a height of 5’8″ is only an inch shy of the average for an African-American citizen of the US.

        Scientifically speaking, this IS an astoundingly average suspect for the given crime.

        However, you brought up the point of homicide, which is also interesting. The FBI identified 20 incidents in 2016 that it termed as “Active shooter incidents” in their “Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017” report. Of these 20 offenders, 9 were white, 7 were black, 3 were Hispanic, and 1 was Middle-Eastern. While white offenders make up a very significant chunk of active shooters, it would still be technically incorrect to imply that the MAJORITY of active shooter situations are caused by offenders who are white, as the actual statistics would indicate that only 45% are, which is not actually a majority (If extrapolating from 2016). Further, for non-active-shooter homicides, the FBI’s “Crime in the US” report lists 9374 homicide offenders for whom the race is known- 52.6% of which are black. To imply that white offenders are the “Usual suspects” is inaccurate when it comes to active shooter situations, and is simply wrong in cases of robbery, as well as cases of homicide. However, when it comes to most other types of crime (Especially nonviolent crime), this would not be the case.

        I hope that this was informative! Thank you.

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