Greenville Huntington Bank robber’s trial delayed

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 9:58 am on Saturday, May 19, 2012

Reuben Olson III

A court trial has been delayed for a local man accused of robbing the Huntington Bank in Greenville at gunpoint last November.
Reuben Olson III, 22, was arrested in February at his girlfriend’s home in Shepard. He is charged with armed bank robbery.
Olson was scheduled to go to trial Monday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan in Grand Rapids. However, the trial was indefinitely postponed after Olson’s public defender attorney, Rhona Delphena Taylor, requested a psychiatric examination to determine if Olson is competent to stand trial.
According to attorney Timothy VerHey on behalf of the United States, Olson is currently undergoing a psychiatric examination at an out-of-state facility. VerHey said the exam will likely take a month or so.
The Huntington Bank in downtown Greenville was robbed at 10:34 a.m. Nov. 9, 2011.
Olson allegedly entered the bank’s west door, vaulted the teller counter and approached a female teller. Olson verbally threatened her, putting a semiautomatic pistol to the back of her head. He demanded the teller open her drawer, however, the drawer was locked and the teller could not open it.
Olson then approached another female teller and had her open her drawer. Olson stole the contents of her drawer, then returned to the first teller, who had by then unlocked and opened her drawer. Olson stole the contents of that drawer as well.
Olson then kicked open the door to the teller line, breaking it off its hinges, and left the bank via the main doors, located on the east side of the bank. As Olson was running to the bank’s door, several stolen bills fell from his person. He was last seen running east across Lafayette Street.
Olson allegedly stole $2,761 from the bank. Huntington Bank is federally insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Olson, was arrested Feb. 1 at his girlfriend’s home in Shepard. He was arraigned and charged with armed bank robbery Friday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan in Grand Rapids.
An anonymous tip led to Olson’s capture, according to Benjamin Slizewski, a special agent with the FBI.
When officers located Olson at his girlfriend’s house in Isabella County almost three months later, Olson told officers he had not robbed Huntington Bank and agreed to take a polygraph test to prove his innocence.
Brad Beyers, a polygraph examiner special agent with the FBI, administered a test to Olson at the Greenville Department of Public Safety on Feb. 9. Olson was asked if he had robbed the bank or participated in the robbery. The polygraph indicated Olson was deceptive in his answers.
After Olson failed the test, Bayer interrogated him further. Olson allegedly admitted he had been lying and that he had robbed the bank. Olson allegedly provided Bayer with a signed written statement admitting his involvement. He provided details of the robbery, including the clothes and boots he wore and the handgun he used.
However, following the interrogation, Olson recanted his confession. He was then taken to the Montcalm County Jail in Stanton and placed into federal custody.

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