A suspected serial bank robber’s getaway was foiled earlier today by Bellevue Police, after investigators used teamwork to locate the suspect.
This afternoon shortly after 12:30 p.m., Bellevue Police responded to a reported robbery at the Chase Bank located at 10550 NE 8th Street in downtown Bellevue. Responding Officers learned that the suspect had passed a note to the teller, and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. Bank employees were able to provide police with an accurate description of the suspect and the clothing he was wearing.
Responding Officers began questioning employees of neighboring businesses to see if anyone had seen the suspect. Officers learned that the suspect had hailed a taxi. Based on that information, as well as photos of the suspect provided to police by the bank, a Bellevue Police Officer that happened to be in Seattle located the suspect in the First Hill area of Seattle. The suspect was arrested without incident. The suspect, a 34 year-old homeless man, was interviewed by Bellevue robbery detectives and booked into jail. He is suspected in at least three other bank robberies, two in Lynnwood and one in Seattle, and one attempted robbery in Seattle. The suspect is expected to be charged with first degree robbery and attempted robbery in King County superior court.