Man taken into custody at Macatawa Bank

Police responded to an alarm Monday morning at the Macatawa Bank branch near the Meijer store in Grand Haven Township.
Becky Vargo
Oct 8, 2012


Police declined to release any information about the incident, other than it was a "possible mental illness situation."

"There was no threat, no weapon — just odd behavior in the bank," said Lt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's deputies and Grand Haven public safety officers were called to the bank shortly before 11 a.m. about a "suspicious" man outside it.

The man was taken into police custody.

Macatawa Bank was open Monday, despite it being the Columbus Day holiday.



"According to police scanner traffic at 10:49 this morning, the doors to the bank were being locked to keep the "suspicious" man outside".

The bank's doors were locked because they are closed. It's Columbus Day.


First of all, Macatawa Bank was not closed today for Columbus day. They are one of the few banks around that only close for the 6 major holidays. So the doors were not locked due to the bank being closed, they were locked in order to try to keep the guy seen in the picture above out.
Second of all, since I was there I can tell you that this situation is being portrayed much lighter than it actually was. The man eluded to having a gun in his pocket while in the bank. And that's not a threat??


Darn it Becky, I said 'no pictures'!


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