A man involved in an Ann Arbor bank robbery is behind bars tonight after a four-hour standoff at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel on Lake Lansing Road in Lansing Township.
"It is relief that he is in custody and it's a relief no one was injured as a result of it," said Lansing Township Police Chief Kay Hoffman. "No residents and patrons of the hotel, no officers, the suspect himself. Everyone is safe."
Hoffman says Ann Arbor Police called her department around 8:05 p.m. Saturday night alerting them of a man they suspected was inside the hotel. Ann Arbor Police received a tip from a civilian that a car that was involved in a recent armed bank robbery was in the hotel's parking lot.
"They had information that a suspect from a bank robbery was here and his vehicle was here," said Hoffman. "Officers arrived and confirmed the fact a vehicle was here and there was a patron of the hotel of the same name, so that got the whole ball rolling from there."
Lansing Police, East Lansing Police and a Special Response Team -- comprised of officers from Meridian Township, Michigan State University and the Ingham County Sheriff -- joined Lansing Township in locking down the hotel.
At least 40 hotel guests were evacuated from the area nearest to the suspect's room. They were taken by school bus to a Radisson Hotel in downtown Lansing. Other guests were not notified. Media outlets were asked not to broadcast initial reports for fear the suspect was monitoring the stations.
"I feel bad for these guests that are displaced, but they're also safe," Hoffman said.
The man was not known to be armed and did not have hostages, said Hoffman. She says he was the only one involved.
At 11:40 p.m., with the help of a negotiator, police made contact with the suspect. He was arrested within the next 15-20 minutes.
"There's a lot of preparation that goes into this situation," Hoffman said. "You hope you never have to use them, but in this case everything went very smooth and it was by the book and picture perfect."
Police are now searching the suspect's room.
Hoffman says the man is in Ingham County Jail tonight. He will likely be transported back to Ann Arbor Sunday morning for possible prosecution.