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Bar customer describes robbery by band of bicycle riders

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Staff at the Pump House Bar on Langley Street say the band of bicycle riding armed robbers who held up the business early Wednesday may also be responsible for a robbery several months ago.

But, the first time they say the thieves only robbed the business. Wednesday they also made the customers empty their pockets and give up their purse.

"4 men came in with masks and guns and held a gun to my friend's side, took everything out of his pockets and took my purse," recalls customer Danna Debour. "I'm scared. It will be awhile before I feel safe in any kind of public place."

Debour says she was only carrying $25.00, but she also had her license, credit cards, car and house keys and phone in her purse.

The bar has security cameras, and there may be surveillance video of the robbery.

Man found unresponsive near Popeyes in G.R.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department is looking for information from the public after finding a man unresponsive near the intersection of S. Division and Stewart Street.

Just before 2 a.m. Thursday, police were called after a passerby found Timothy Daniel Brilley, 56, laying on the ground with serious injuries to his face near Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.

Brilley was taken to Saint Mary's Hospital where he is listed in critical condition as of 8:30 a.m.

GRPD's Major Case Team is investigating. If you have any information, please call 616-456-3400 or Silent observer at 616-774-2345.

Silent Observer can also be contacted confidentially at online at www.silentobserver.org.

Police search for suspects in Pump House robbery

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- They robbed a Grand Rapids bar at gunpoint and got away on bicycles.

Police are looking for the four suspects who held up the Pump House near 44th and Kalamazoo on the city's southeast side. It happened just after midnight Wednesday morning.

Witnesses say the suspects wore masks, and two of them had guns. They took customers' cash and stole from the bar.

Investigators are looking at surveillance video to try to identify the robbers.

Anyone with information should call Grand Rapids Police 616-456-3400 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

New G.R. Christian middle school welcomes first students

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The school year is underway for students at Grand Rapids Christian schools.

Monday morning, children at the middle school set foot in their new building for the first time.

The new school on the corner of Burton and Chesaning now holds 5th- through 8th-grade students. It used to be the Grand Rapids Public School district's Shawnee Park elementary school.

"We had a grand opening and ribbon cutting just last week Wednesday and had over a thousand people from the community out to celebrate with us and dedicate the building," said GRCMS Principal Ashanti Bryant. "It's really incredible, a neat opportunity for us to be in the heart of the city and have a vibrant school like what we have."

Woman dies after being hit by three cars in G.R.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman has died of injuries from being hit by three cars while crossing the street.

Police said Marcia Dean, 53, was trying to cross 28th St. near Kalamazoo around 9 p.m. Thursday. She was hit with a glancing blow by the first car, thrown into the side of another car, and run over by a third car. All three crashes happened in the westbound lanes.

Dean was taken to Mercy Health Saint Mary's in critical condition after the crash. She passed away shortly before 8 a.m. Friday. A close relative was with her when she passed, police said.

The crashes are under investigation. Anyone with information should contact police at 616-456-3771 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or www.silentobserver.org.

WMU re-opens Beltline campus

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Western Michigan University's Beltline campus in Grand Rapids is back open after a $5.5 million renovation.

The school hosted a grand re-opening ceremony Thursday morning.

It was the first major facelift for the facility since the university bought it back in 1990.

The new location now offers students active learning experiences in two classrooms.

Local leaders respond to the rise in community violence

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Prominent community leaders challenged their community Sunday to change their apathetic approach in regards to combating violence on the city's southeast side.

"It's going to take the individual efforts of people, not the collective energy of a system," said Rev. Jerry Bishop of Life Quest Ministries.

After a week of violence that claimed the lives of two individuals and sent several others to local hospitals, Bishop preached to his congregation that the answer to combating violence is through a message of hope and love.

Police have added extra patrols in the city's urban corridor, but some told WZZM 13 News, the more grassroots organizations like Strong Fathers will have a large impact.