Gig Harbor police have arrested a 27-year-old man suspected of robbing a bank while leaving his 2-year-old son in a truck.
The boy was unharmed and released to family members, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
The heist occurred about 11:25 a.m. Friday at the Umpqua Bank, 3123 56th St. Ct. N.W. The bandit presented a note to a teller that implied he had a weapon and demanded cash, Troyer said.
The robber left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. A witness noticed the activity and provided responding Gig Harbor officers with a description of the robber’s Ford Explorer and a license plate number.
Officers and Pierce County sheriff’s deputies went to the home of the registered owner. The suspect wasn’t there but returned a short time later and was arrested, Troyer said.
The suspect had his 2-year-old son in the Explorer. Investigators believe he left the boy in the vehicle when he committed the robbery, Troyer said.
Gig Harbor police are responding to a reported robbery at a bank branch, according to the police scanner.
The robbery occurred at an Umpqua branch in the 3100 block of 56th Street Northwest.
The suspect(s) was seen leaving in a dark blue Ford Explorer. Tacoma police and Pierce County sheriff’s deputies have been notified.
The robber has been described as a white man in his 20s and wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans, according to the Peninsula Gateway.
UPDATE: The Gateway reports the bank robber has been found and his 3-year-old son found safe.
We will update with more information when we get it.