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Man who held CU employee hostage convicted
CENTRALIA, Wash. (4/5/10)--A man wounded while holding a credit union teller hostage in January was convicted Wednesday by a Lewis County (Wash.) Superior Court jury of attempted robbery, kidnapping and burglary. Michael Anthony Lar, 57, faces a life term as a three-strikes offender, said the Associated Press (The Seattle Times April 1). Lar broke into the Twin Star CU in Centralia, Wash., before the credit union opened on Jan. 25 and took an employee hostage at gunpoint when she arrived for work. Another employee, who had been talking on the phone with the employee when she was taken hostage, called the police (News Now Feb. 2). A police officer responded and went to the door, where the teller mouthed to him that the robber had a gun. The officer pulled her out of the door and fired two shots at Lar, wounding him. Lar escaped out a window and hid in bushes. He was captured later the same day. Sentencing is scheduled for this week in Chehalis, Wash.


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