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Wounded robbery suspect IDd teller hailed as hero
CENTRALIA, Wash. (1/28/10)--A wounded suspect in an attempted credit union robbery of TwinStar CU Monday has been identified and arrested, according to media reports. A police officer and credit union employee who were involved in the incident also have been hailed as heroes. Michael Anthony Lar was arrested Monday night and taken to an Olympia, Wash. hospital for two gunshot wounds after a motel worker in Olympia reported to police that a suspicious man with an injured arm had entered into a cab. Lar refused to give police or medical staff his name. Police identified Lar by his fingerprints when he was transferred to another medical center for surgery (KIROTV.com Jan. 27). Police suspect that Lar was shot twice by a police officer who confronted him at TwinStar CU’s Centralia, Wash., branch Monday. The shooting occurred after police responded to a call that a gunman had taken a credit union employee hostage. The gunman held a gun to her head and a knife to her throat. An officer approached the credit union near an employee entrance and saw the woman being held hostage. She mouthed to the officer: “He has a gun.” The officer responded by pulling the employee out of the credit union and firing two shots. The gunman fled the scene. No money was taken. The employee and the officer are heroes, Centralia Police Chief Bob Berg told The News Tribune (Jan. 27). If the employee had not alerted the officer about the gun, the suspect may have taken a different action, Berg told the newspaper. Lar will be booked into Lewis County Jail upon his release from the hospital.
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