Issaquah WaMu branch robbed; FBI takes investigation

February 20, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 12:01 a.m. Feb. 20, 2008

A man robbed the Gilman Boulevard Washington Mutual bank branch Feb. 17, brandishing a handgun before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Issaquah police received a call from the bank, 1195 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at 3:11 p.m. Officers arrived at the bank three minutes later, but were unable to locate the suspect. No injuries were reported.

This is another photo of a man police say robbed banks in Kirkland and Issaquah within the past week.

This is a photo of the man police say robbed the WaMu bank in Issaquah on Feb. 17.

Authorities said the same man robbed a US Bank branch in Kirkland, 13233 100th Ave N.E., on Feb. 13.

Grainy surveillance images released by the FBI show the man entering each bank. The man is holding a handgun in one image.

The bank robber holds a handgun in this image from a security camera.

The bank robber holds a handgun in this image from a security camera. This is from the Kirkland robbery, police said.

Authorities described the man as Hispanic or Southeast Asian, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a medium build and buck teeth. He fled in a red 1998 Ford Mustang with non-factory rims.

 

A security camera captured this image of the robber's getaway car, according to police.

A security camera captured this image of the robber's getaway car, according to police.

Because the robbery is a federal crime, the FBI is investigating the case.

The day after the robbery, Issaquah police contacted employees at the nearby Bank of America branch, 1135 N.W. Gilman Blvd., to discuss the incident and provide the bank with ideas to improve security.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the FBI at 206-622-0460.

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