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Bail set at 1 million in TwinStar CU hostage-robbery case
CENTRALIA, Wash. (2/2/10)--Bail for a suspect in the TwinStar CU hostage-robbery case has been set at $1 million, according to local media reports. Michael Anthony Lar, who is suspected of attempted robbery at the Centralia, Wash., branch of TwinStar CU, appeared in court Friday to face charges of burglary, kidnapping and attempted robbery (The Daily News Jan. 30). He arrived at the hearing in a wheelchair because of two bullet wounds he suffered in the elbow and buttocks when a police officer shot him during the incident. Lar’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday. According to The Seattle Times archives, Lar admitted to six bank robberies in Arizona and Washington in 1996 after being captured in Las Vegas. He also pleaded guilty to a heist at a community bank in Tumwater and two other robberies in Puget Sound. On Jan. 25, a man entered TwinStar CU through a window as employees were arriving to work. He grabbed a female employee and held a gun to her head. When police responded, an officer walked up to the employee entrance where the gunman and employee were standing and pulled the woman to safety. The officer also fired two shots (News Now Jan. 26). After the shots were fired, police engaged in a standoff with the gunman holed inside the credit union. However, when police entered the credit union several hours later, they found nobody inside. Later that day, police arrested Lar after receiving reports of a suspicious man who appeared to be wounded. He was booked into the county jail Thursday after his release from the hospital.
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