Man in drag arrested after bank heist, chase

A man dressed in women’s clothing robbed a credit union Friday morning, police said, and was apprehended minutes later after he crashed his getaway motorcycle into an Ottawa County patrol car.
Tribune Staff
Apr 11, 2014

Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a hold-up at Community West Credit Union, 4205 32nd Ave. in Hudsonville, at 10:14 a.m. Bank employees said a man dressed like a woman robbed the credit union and then took off south on a black motorcycle.

WZZM-TV reported that the robber was wearing a blue dress, blonde wig and a bra, and he threatened tellers with a BB gun.

A deputy spotted the suspect at about 10:30 a.m. driving west on Port Sheldon Street, near 88th Avenue, in Blendon Township. The deputy said the suspect dumped a blonde wig as he fled from the patrol car.

A high-speed chase ensued north on 96th Avenue, then east on Fillmore Street. After changing directions to westbound Fillmore, the suspect lost control of his bike and struck a Sheriff’s Department vehicle near 92nd Avenue.

Police said the suspect, a 52-year-old Jenison man, was treated at the scene and then taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids with non-life-threatening injuries. His name was not immediately released.

Several articles from the suspect were recovered at the crash scene, linking the suspect to the robbery, said Capt. Mark Bennett of the Sheriff’s Department.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Observer at 877-88-SILENT or leave a tip online at




Dennis Rodman I presume ? ?

Say no to new taxes

Cut the guy some slack, obviously the long winter had an effect on his behavior.

Laker Dad

East on Fillmore from 96th? He was headed right for the county jail!



Tri-cities realist

I love this crowd!

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