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Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 12:50 p.m.

Police: Suspect forced student to be getaway driver (video)

  • Police are asking for help identifying the suspect in a Jan. 23 bank robbery in north Everett.

    Everett Police

    Police are asking for help identifying the suspect in a Jan. 23 bank robbery in north Everett.

  • Police are asking for help identifying the suspect in a Jan. 23 bank robbery in north Everett.

    Everett Police

    Police are asking for help identifying the suspect in a Jan. 23 bank robbery in north Everett.

EVERETT -- A suspected bank robber kidnapped an Everett Community College student at gunpoint last week, forcing her to be his getaway driver for the holdup, police say.
The student was not hurt, Everett police officer Aaron Snell said Tuesday. The man forced her to drive to several locations in north Everett, including the bank, before ordering her to drop him back off near campus. He reportedly threatened to kill her if she didn't comply.
The kidnapping took place as the student returned to her car, which was parked on a street near campus, Snell said. The suspect wielded a pistol.
EvCC officials learned about the incident late Monday afternoon, said Pat Sisneros, vice president of college services. On Tuesday they posted a notice to the college website, sent an email to students and were posting information to social media websites as well.
"We are thankful the student wasn't hurt," the notice read.
The robbery was reported just before 6 p.m. Jan. 23 at Wells Fargo Bank at 1801 Broadway, about an hour after the kidnapping.
A man walked up to a teller window, passed over a note and made threats, Snell said. The robber left with cash.
The suspect was described as black, in his 20s, about 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds. He had shoulder-length black dreadlocks, which may have been a wig, Snell said.
The man wore a dark blue beanie-style cap, a dark denim jacket, blue jeans and brown shoes. He spoke with an accent described as possibly French or African.
He left in the student's vehicle. A police dog track was unsuccessful.
After the robbery, the man reportedly ordered the student to drop him off near campus, Snell said.
She then drove to the police station to report what had happened.
Police aren't releasing the victim's age or other details to protect her identity, Snell said. He declined to say where else in town she was forced to drive other than "numerous locations around north Everett and the downtown district."
The man reportedly told the student he could find her and kill her because he knew her license plate number.
A police press release issued after the robbery didn't mention the kidnapping. Detectives were investigating.
"We would really like the public's help to solve this crime," Snell said. "Due to the nature of the crime, we wanted the public to be informed about what occurred."
Police also are working with the college, Snell said.
EvCC already has security patrols on campus, according to a post about the incident on the college's website. The college is encouraging students and staff to be extra careful getting into their vehicles on or near campus.
Anyone with information should call 911 or Everett police at 425-257-8450.
Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

Story tags » CrimePoliceEverett Community CollegeRobberyKidnapping

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