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Bank robber captured

Bank robber captured
Richard Taylor

Richard Lee Taylor

The Howard City Police Department arrested a 49-year-old Lake Odessa man last Thursday for a bank robbery that occurred the day before.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, officers responded to a bank robbery at First Bank, 830 W. Shaw St. on Wednesday, October 6, about 2:21 p.m. They reported a white male, 30-40 years old, with a moustache, short hair, black shirt and blue jeans entered the bank with a note demanding money. He also indicated he had a gun, though they couldn’t see one. He fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

He was seen fleeing scene by witnesses in a dark green minivan.

On Thursday, October 7, officers from the Howard City Police and Newaygo County Sheriff Department arrested Richard Lee Taylor, 49, of Lake Odessa, outside of a home in Fremont. The vehicle used in the robbery was recovered and other evidence recovered as well.

Howard City Police traveled to Ottawa and Muskegon Counties attempting to locate the suspect before arresting him in Newaygo County in the early morning hours.

Taylor was booked into the Montcalm County jail on charges of robbery/bank institution, and obstruction of justice/parole violation. He was just paroled in March after serving 10-1/2 years for three counts of robbery in Kent and Ottawa Counties in March 1999.

“The Howard City Police appreciate the extensive efforts and assistance of the Montcalm Co. Sheriff Department, Newaygo County Sheriff Department, Ottawa County Sheriff Department, Muskegon County Sheriff Department, White Hall Police Department, and the Michigan State Police,” said Chief DeWitt. “We also appreciated the number of citizens who stepped forward to assist in the investigation.”

Taylor was arraigned on October 7 and bond set at $500,000.

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