Apologetic bank robber hides in hospital

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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A credit union robber who escaped by hiding in a hospital says he is sorry for his crime.

"He apologized to the teller in the bank," explains Lt. Pat Merrill of the Grand Rapids Police Department. "That's pretty much a first for me."

Monday afternoon Grand Rapids police say the suspect held up the Lake Michigan Credit Union branch on the Mercy Health Saint Mary's campus on the 200 block of Jefferson Avenue. Then, he hurried through the hospital.

Police surrounded the building until surveillance video showed them the suspect was gone.

Many of the patients, staff, and visitors inside say they didn't even know there was a search underway for an intruder.

"I noticed the police outside but didn't think much of it," says Father Phil Sliwinski. "I was visiting one of my parishioners. It was very calm, like nothing had happened."

"They made it seem very normal, like nothing was going on," agrees patient Becky Ryon. "I don't think they want to scare people."

Detectives say the robber handed the credit union teller a note demanding money and indicated he had a weapon. Then, before he left, he told the teller he was sorry.

"Said, 'I'm sorry,' and walked out the door," says Lt. Merrill. "Little strange, a little different. I have no doubt the individual will be identified and we'll get an explanation of what's going on here."

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