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Man who held CU employee hostage gets life in prison
CENTRALIA, Wash. (5/28/10)--A man who held a credit union employee hostage during a robbery attempt and who was shot by police responding to the emergency call was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Michael Anthony Lar, 57, was convicted in April of first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree attempted robbery in the incident, which occurred Jan. 25 at TwinStar CU, Centralia, Wash. (The Olympian May 26). He entered the credit union through a window as employees were arriving for work. He grabbed a female employee who was talking on the phone with another employee, and held a gun to her head. The caller notified police. An officer arrived and walked to the employee entrance, where the gunman held the employee (News Now Jan. 26). She mouthed to the officer "He's got a gun." The officer pulled her to safety and fired two shots at the intruder. Later, believing Lar was still holed up in the credit union, police surrounded the credit union. However, after several hours, police entered the building and did not find the suspect. He was later arrested when a taxi driver noticed he was bleeding and called police. He suffered two bullet wounds. Lar also is facing charges from a January 2009 robbery of the same credit union. On May 20, Lar pleaded not guilty to unlawful imprisonment, robbery and burglary in that incident (The Olympian via News Tribune May 20)


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