Police arrest Federal Way suspect in connection with five bank robberies

FBI officials believe this suspect pictured in video footage robbed the Federal Way Umpqua bank on Friday.  - Courtesy of the FBI
FBI officials believe this suspect pictured in video footage robbed the Federal Way Umpqua bank on Friday.
— image credit: Courtesy of the FBI


Federal Way police have arrested a suspect in connection with five bank robberies, including the July 18 robbery at Umpqua Bank in Federal Way. The 23-year-old male was a Federal Way resident.
Pierce County Sherriff's detectives are looking for two other suspects who may have been accomplices. Together, the three are allegedly responsible for a series of bank robberies in Pierce and south King counties.
Between July 14 and July 22, the three suspects allegedly pulled off five heists, according to Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Stoppers.
The male suspects are all in their 20s with slender builds. Footage shows them wearing baseball hats and sunglasses.
The suspects worked as a team to either rob multiple tellers at the same time or to act as a lookout, according to police. The suspects allegedly gave the tellers notes, demanding cash and threatening violence, saying they were armed. Once they received the money, they fled the banks.
According to a Federal Way police report, at 5:25 on July 18 at the 1900 S. 320th St. Umpqua Bank, one suspect gave a teller a note saying to hand over all the $50 and $100 bills and not to include any GPS tracking devices. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the report.
The suspect's note indicated he was armed with a gun and would use it.
On July 23, a Federal Way detective recognized the suspect. Several witnesses were shown a montage, all identifying the same suspect, who police arrested on Monday, according to the report.
Post Miranda, the suspect denied any knowledge or complicity of the robberies.
Other banks robbed include:
  • America's Credit Union in Spanaway on July 14
  • Heritage Bank in South Hill on July 18
  • TAPCO Credit Union in Tacoma on July 21
  • Umpqua Bank in Spanaway on July 22
Anyone with information on the remaining two suspects is asked to call anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips leading to arrests and charges can earn up to $1,000 reward.
The Mirror does not name suspects until they are formally charged.



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