FBI arrests Issaquah bank heist suspect

November 8, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

FBI agents arrested the suspect in the Oct. 28 robbery of a local KeyBank branch, a former Snoqualmie resident connected to other thefts in the area.

Investigators arrested Christopher Isaac Titian, 19, Nov. 2 at a motel in Everett, less than a week after the Issaquah robbery.

Investigators located the suspect after a Snoqualmie police officer, Nigel Draveling, recognized the man from surveillance images captured at the bank. Police publicized the images in the hours after the incident.

Issaquah police responded to a robbery at KeyBank, 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd., just after 2 p.m. Oct. 28.

Investigators said a man approached a bank employee, handed the employee a demand note and said, “Just read it and do what it says. Don’t push the alarm.”

The employee handed the man cash, and the suspect then fled the bank, carrying the loot. Issaquah officers searched the area near the bank, but did not locate the man.

Titian faces a first-degree robbery charge in King County Superior Court and is being held in lieu of $200,000 bond at the King County Jail.

Investigators said Titian participated in a January burglary at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. The incident led to convictions for second-degree burglary and second-degree attempted trafficking.

In another incident, Snoqualmie police arrested Titian in 2007 for third-degree theft.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. SnoValley Star Editor Dan Catchpole contributed to this report. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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