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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.
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.