Law enforcement officers have arrested a 47-year-old man accused in two bank robberies in Tacoma and Puyallup in recent months.
Pierce County prosecutors had previously charged Omaha Tony Tufono with two counts of first-degree robbery. A warrant had been issued for his arrest in June.
Tufono had been jailed in King County since late January in connection with a Federal Way bank robbery. He was convicted and sentenced to 12 months in jail. He was released Tuesday, booked into Pierce County Jail and is expected to be arraigned on the charges today.
Charging documents provide the following information:
Tacoma police investigated a robbery Oct. 29 at the Sound Community Bank, 2941 S. 38th St. The bandit pointed a finger at the teller and demanded cash. He got cash and left the bank. The robber wore sunglasses, a denim baseball cap, a denim jacket and dark-colored jeans.
Puyallup police investigated a robbery Jan. 15 at a U.S. Bank branch. The bandit told a teller he was robbing the branch and demanded cash.
As the teller got the cash out, the robber became impatient, jumped on the counter and began reaching into the register. The teller noticed that the robber’s left hand was bleeding and droplets were left on the counter.
Forensics technicians collected swabs of the robber’s blood. The samples were submitted to the Washington State Patrol crime lab. In May, the lab told police that the blood matched Tufono’s DNA.
Witnesses picked Tufono out of a photo lineup.