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Man arrested in armed robbery at Tacoma bank branch

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Sep. 8, 2009 at 9:37 am |
September 8, 2009 9:37 am

Tacoma police arrested a 22-year-old man Saturday after he allegedly robbed a South End bank at gunpoint.

The man was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. He’s scheduled to make his first court appearance this afternoon.

The robbery occurred just after 9 a.m. Saturday at the Columbia Bank, 201 s. 84th St., in Tacoma.  A man armed with a gun walked into the branch and up to a teller window.

He assaulted an elderly customer and tried to take the customer’s money, Fulghum said. The bandit pushed the customer to the floor, then pointed the handgun at the teller and demanded cash.

After getting an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber fled on foot. A witness was notified of the bank robbery and followed the suspected bank robber. The witness saw the robber get into a waiting vehicle, which took off, Fulghum said.

Officers spotted the vehicle. The robber, seeing officers, got out and ran. He was captured a short time later and taken into custody. Officers found a set of keys that had been taken from the bank teller, the handgun and the cash, Fulghum said.

The driver of the getaway car also was arrested. She was booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery, Fulghum said.

The elderly customer was checked out at the scene by Tacoma fire paramedics, Fulghum said.

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