Man robs local KeyBank branch, flees

November 1, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Issaquah and federal officers continue to investigate a robbery from a local bank branch.

Issaquah police responded to a robbery at a KeyBank branch along Northwest Gilman Boulevard just after 2 p.m. Oct. 28.

Suspect

Investigators said a man approached a bank employee and handed the employee a demand note. The employee handed the man cash, and the suspect then fled the bank, carrying the loot. Police did not reveal the amount of money stolen, per standard procedure.

Officers searched the area near the bank, 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd., but did not locate the man.

Investigators said the man departed the bank in a westbound direction. Police said the suspect is a white man in his 20s. Surveillance images show the suspect dressed in a dark-colored, long-sleeved shirt or jacket with the Adidas logo on the chest and white stripes on the sleeves, and a gray baseball cap.

The police department and the FBI continue to investigate. Ray Lauer, a special agent at the bureau’s Seattle office, said investigators do not believe the man is connected to other recent bank robberies in the region.

The most recent bank robbery in Issaquah occurred July 22, after a man demanded money at the Sterling Savings Bank, 705 N.W. Gilman Blvd., and then fled. Investigators said the suspect in the Sterling Savings Bank also robbed a Bellevue bank a day before the Issaquah incident.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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