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Category: Bank robbery

March
29th

Two more arrested in takeover-style robberies of Washington banks

Two men considered suspects in recent takeover-style robberies in Lakewood and Seattle have been arrested in Los Angeles, the FBI reported today.

Members of the L.A. Fugitive Task Force arrested the men Thursday evening.

They are among seven men believe responsible for a Sept. 6 robbery of the U.S. Bank branch in Lakewood and three other robberies in Seattle, the FBI reported.

In each case, groups of men entered the banks and demanded cash.

Five other people already have been arrested in the investigation, including Anthony V. Mosley, 46, of Tacoma. All are charged with various crimes and might be

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Feb.
19th

Kent police ask for help to identify Key Bank robber

Kent police are looking for a man who robbed a Kent Key Bank Feb. 12 at 20540 108th Ave. SE.

According to Kent police:

The robber went up to a teller at the bank about 11:18 a.m., and handed the teller a note demanding cash.

The man took the money and fled on foot. He implied in the note that harm would occur if the teller didn’t follow orders, but no weapon was seen.

The robber is described as an unkempt man in his mid 30s, about 6 foot to 6 foot 3, with a medium build. He is a

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Jan.
31st

Federal charges filed against Tacoma man, six others for string of bank robberies

When arrested at a bus depot in Olympia, the alleged bank robbers had different stories for where the cash came from.

Jeanine Daniels, 32, claimed the bills totaling $4,807 – which had been shoved inside socks and stashed in her purse – were tips for doing hair and that she rode the bus from Los Angeles to Washington to do some Christmas shopping.

She couldn’t explain why she was going home without any gifts.

Curtis Smith, 22, said he came to Washington to sell information on how to make methamphetamine and the $2,487 found on him was payment for the

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Jan.
30th

Lakewood man pleads not guilty to bank robbery

Devin Rogers was allegedly found hiding in a shed near a Lakewood housing project with money stashed in his jacket and pants pockets.

Police say some of the cash still had a bank wrap on it and was taken during Monday’s holdup of the U.S. Bank branch in the 9300 block of Bridgeport Way Southwest.

On Tuesday, the 24-year-old pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery during his arraignment in Pierce County Superior Court. He was ordered jailed in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Prosecutors say Rogers spoke briefly with a bank teller Monday before handing her a note that read, “This

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Jan.
29th

North End bank robber believed to have hit same bank twice this month

Tacoma police today released a description of a man suspected of robbing a North End bank branch twice this month.

The man is white, about 5-feet-10 and was wearing a black jacket, black ski mask, jeans and white gloves.

He walked into the Key Bank branch in the 3900 block of North 26th Street about 4 p.m. and yelled at a customer to get out. He then demanded money from the teller, at one point reaching around the counter to grab cash himself.

Police said he did not appear to be armed.

He is believed to be the same man

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Jan.
18th

Teen charged with North End bank robbery

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree robbery in connection with Monday’s bank robbery in Tacoma’s North End.

The boy, who The News Tribune is not naming due to his age, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Thursday. He is being held at Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center.

Co-defendant Derek James, 20, pleaded not guilty to the same charge Tuesday. His bail was set at $250,000.

Pierce County prosecutors said James drove the getaway car while the teen walked into the Key Bank branch, 3917 N. 26th St., and handed tellers an Adidas shoe box with a note reading

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Jan.
17th

FBI putting up billboards in search of “AK-47 Bandit” bank robber

The FBI is putting up nine digital billboards between Kent and Everett hoping somebody will recognize a bank robber dubbed the “AK-47 Bandit.”

A reward up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the robber, FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich said.

The robber is wanted for four bank holdups in California, Washington and Idaho. He held up a North Bend bank July 6.

In each robbery, the man pulled out an AK-47 assault rifle with a drum magazine. He usually dresses in tactical gear over a dark-colored, short-sleeved collared shirt and blue pants. He wears

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Jan.
16th

Man suspected of helping teen rob Tacoma bank robbery pleads not guilty

A 20-year-old man suspected of helping a teenager rob a Tacoma area bank Monday has been charged with first-degree robbery.

Derek James pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Tuesday. Bail was set at $250,000. Prosecutors said the 15-year-old boy, who The News Tribune is not identifying because of his age, is scheduled to be charged and arraigned Thursday.

Charging documents give this account:

The teen walked into a Key Bank branch, 3917 N. 26th Street, and handed the teller an Adidas shoebox. Attached to the box was a note that read “Put the money in the box and no one

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