A Key Bank branch near Graham has been evacuated while a Pierce County sheriff’s bomb squad investigates a suspicious device left behind by a bank robber.
The incident start about 1:30 p.m. when a man walked into the bank, 22115 Meridian Avenue East, made a bomb threat and left a device behind.
He then fled into the woods, where a K-9 team tracked him for 100 yards before losing the scent. An aircraft from the Washington State Patrol also assisted in the search.
The robber appears to have gotten into a vehicle at some point, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.