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Key Bank robber arrested 18 minutes later

April 3rd, 2013 by Support Staff

From Seattle Police just before noon:

A man suspected of robbing a Wedgwood bank at gunpoint Wednesday morning wasn’t on the lam for long.

Just after 11:15 a.m., a masked man walked into the Key Bank at 73rd Avenue Northeast and Northeast 35th Street demanded money, and fled the bank.

Eighteen minutes later, police had tracked the suspect to the University District (using high-tech gadgets AND old-fashioned sleuthing!) and arrested him near Northeast 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue Northeast after a brief foot chase.

Officers will likely be around the Wedgwood and University District scenes for some time as they search for evidence.

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Repeat bank robber pulls gun on woman, son in Wedgwood

November 29th, 2012 by Support Staff

Seattle Police this afternoon said a repeat bank robbery suspect pulled a handgun on a mother and her 11-year-old son at the U.S. Bank in Wedgwood.

“He told the woman to hand over her wallet. The suspect then walked up to a bank teller, demanded money, and fled the the bank,” police said.

The armed robbery occurred just before 6 p.m. Wednesday at the bank, N.E. 87th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast, police said, adding the man is also a suspect in several recent robberies at banks in Seattle and Bellevue.

He is described as a white male, 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, wearing a black rain jacket, black hood and a ski mask.

“If you recognize the suspect, or have any information that might help police catch him, please contact the Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5540.”

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Second Wedgwood bank robbery, apparently by same man

October 3rd, 2012 by Support Staff

Seattle Police say a second bank on 35th Avenue Northeast in Wedgwood has been robbed, apparently by the same man.

The most recent robbery occurred Tuesday afternoon at Homestreet Bank, in the 8200 block of 35th Avenue. In a press release, police said the man, armed with a black semi-automatic handgun, walked into the bank about 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and demanded money from the teller.

The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the bank on foot, last seen headed eastbound on Northeast 82nd Street. North Precinct patrol officers and detectives responded to the location. The suspect is still outstanding. This suspect is believed to be the same suspect that robbed a Key Bank on the same street on September 7th.

The suspect is described as follows: White male, approximately 6′ tall, medium build, between 30-40 years old, wearing a baseball cap, brown hair, facial hair, and blue eyes. If anyone has any information on this suspect, please call 911.

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