FBI seeks help to identify Issaquah robber

August 2, 2011

Suspect

The Seattle office of the FBI is asking for help in tracking down a suspect in two bank robberies, including the holdup of the Issaquah branch of Sterling Savings Bank on July 22.

According to the FBI, the suspect who robbed the Issaquah bank also is believed to have robbed a Washington Federal Savings Bank about 10:35 a.m. July 21 in Bellevue. Authorities said surveillance video captured the suspect in the course of the Issaquah robbery.

People with information on the suspect are asked to call the FBI at 1-800-222-TIPS. Calls are kept confidential. Information leading to an arrest could lead to a $1,000 reward.

The man is described as a white male, heavyset, in his mid 40s and roughly 5 feet, 10 inches tall.

When he robbed the Sterling Savings, he was wearing a white baseball cap, white T-shirt and blue jeans. He also was wearing a dark-colored backpack.

Inside the Issaquah bank, according to local police, the suspect presented the teller with a note demanding money. He did not show any evidence of carrying a weapon. The man left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Issaquah Police Sgt. Bob Porter said local officers responded to a sounding alarm at the bank, but the suspect was gone before they arrived. Based on witness statements, officers could not determine in what direction the suspect fled.

Police hunt for robber after local bank heist

July 26, 2011

A man walked into Sterling Savings Bank at about 2:10 p.m. July 22 and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the Issaquah Police Department.

Sgt. Bob Porter said an initial search for the suspect — a search that included the use of a K-9 unit from another jurisdiction — proved unsuccessful. Officials were unable to gain much information as to what direction the man headed after leaving the bank or what type of vehicle he may have been driving.

“He just basically walked out of the bank and into that big parking lot,” Porter said, referring to the large retail parking area outside the bank at 705 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

The suspect was described as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s. He is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with what Porter described as shorter brown hair that did not reach his collar. He was wearing a white baseball cap, white T-shirt and blue jeans. He also was carrying a dark-colored backpack.

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FBI: Issaquah bank robber hit Bellevue bank, too

July 26, 2011

Images captured on surveillance video from Sterling Savings Bank in Issaquah show the accused robber. Contributed

NEW — 4:10 p.m. July 26, 2011

The Seattle office of the FBI is asking for help in tracking down a suspect in two bank robberies, including the hold-up of the Issaquah branch of Sterling Savings Bank on July 22.

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Suspicious powder identified

January 25, 2011

Cornstarch in mail leads to emergency response at office

The suspicious powder responsible for a lockdown at a North Issaquah office building Jan. 13 turned out to be cornstarch.

Issaquah police and emergency crews mobilized to the building in the 1600 block of Northwest Sammamish Road at about 2 p.m. after receiving reports of a package containing a powdery substance. Responders said a handful of workers reported headaches and sore throats.

The incident occurred at the Costco-owned and operated Lake Place Office Center, about a mile from Costco and Costco headquarters.

Eastside Fire & Rescue sent a hazardous materials team to retrieve and remove the package. Officials also locked down the building and cordoned off the area for several hours.

The investigation expanded to include the police department, the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the agency responsible for mail-related crimes.

Investigators probe suspicious package at office building

January 18, 2011

A first responder’s hazardous materials suit lies on the ground as Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters and Issaquah police officers gather after the lock down of the Lake Place Office Center on Jan. 13. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah Police Department and federal agents continue to probe a suspicious package delivered to a North Issaquah office building late last week.

Police said emergency crews mobilized at about 2 p.m. Jan. 13 after receiving reports of a package containing a suspicious powder. Eastside Fire & Rescue and Issaquah Police Department teams responded to the building in the 1600 block of Northwest Sammamish Road, after workers reported concerns about the contents in a package sent to the business. Read more

FBI: Crime rate dropped in 2009

September 21, 2010

Crime in Issaquah dropped last year due to a dramatic decline in thefts from 2008 levels, even as violent crime inched upward.

FBI crime figures released Sept. 13 show 19 violent crimes and 633 property crimes reported in Issaquah last year. People reported 17 violent crimes and 814 property crimes to the Issaquah Police Department in 2008.

Violent crime is identified as murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The breakdown for last year shows no murders, four forcible rapes, nine robberies and six aggravated assaults.

Police recorded a murder, a rape, six robberies and nine aggravated assaults in 2008.

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FBI: Violent crime increased, property crime declined in Issaquah

September 15, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 15, 2010

Violent crimes in Issaquah inched upward last year, but property crimes made a sharp drop from 2008 levels.

FBI crime figures released Monday show 19 violent crimes and 633 property crimes reported in Issaquah last year. People reported 17 violent crimes and 814 property crimes to the Issaquah Police Department in 2008. The slight rise in violent crime marks a five-year high.

Violent crime is identified as murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The breakdown for last year shows no murders, four forcible rapes, nine robberies and six aggravated assaults.

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Issaquah Police officer selected for FBI training

February 23, 2010

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum will attend prestigious FBI National Academy training, the department announced last week.

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FBI investigates robbery at Mall Street bank

February 9, 2010

A man robbed The Bank of Washington branch along Northwest Mall Street on Feb. 4. Read more

Crime stats: Violence up, property crime down

September 22, 2009

The number of violent crimes reported in Issaquah reached a four-year high in 2008, but the number of property crimes recorded last year fell to the lowest level during the same period. Read more

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