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Was that Mr. Personality in Twin Lakes holdup?

By ERICA HALL

The Mirror

FBI agents believe the bank robber known as Mr. Personality hit a Washington Mutual branch in Twin Lakes Wednesday afternoon.

About 3:15 p.m., the man walked into the bank, located in the Fred Meyer grocery store on 21st Avenue Southwest, and said he wanted to open an account, FBI spokeswoman Robbie Burroughs said. As the teller was getting his information, he handed her a note demanding money.

The teller gave him money, but the man kept demanding more, Burroughs said. Finally, the teller showed him her empty drawer. As he stuffed the cash into his shirt, another teller noticed what appeared to be the butt of a gun in his waistband, Burroughs said.

The robber then left on foot.

Witnesses told police the man might have been in the bank a few hours earlier to break a $20 bill.

The robber is described as black, 25 to 35 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and 145 to 155 pounds. Witnesses said he had a stubbled goatee and wore sunglasses, a white t-shirt with a white shirt underneath and dark pants.

Based on descriptions, police believe the man is Mr. Personality, who robbed six banks in June 2002 and a seventh in Des Moines this month.

Mr. Personality earned his moniker in 2002 because he was so nasty to tellers he was robbing, Burroughs said.

“He has a very disagreeable personality,” she said. “In the past, he’s been very threatening to tellers.”

Mr. Personality isn’t the only bank robber known to frequent Federal Way.

Last month, a Federal Way Police officer nabbed serial bank robber Average Joe during a traffic stop after recognizing the man from bank photos. The prolific robber was suspected in 11 bank robberies, mostly in south King County. Law enforcement officials believed Average Joe was a Federal Way resident and Lakehaven temp worker named Mark Anthony Serrano, 42. He was charged last month with robbing the Bank of America on South 320th Street in Federal Way.

Staff writer Erica Hall, 925-5565, ehall@fedwaymirror.com

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