Scott North / Herald Writer
By Scott North
Curtis Anthony Sherman appears to be a man of many names.
His alleged aliases include Craig Berney, Curtis Burney, Berney Craig, Chris Cross, Alvin Curtis Jones and Jamie Smith.
But it was his girlfriend’s name on a holdup note that got Sherman, 35, charged Tuesday with second-degree robbery.
He allegedly handed the note to a teller at a Key Bank branch on California Street in Everett on Jan. 4. The note demanded $10,000 and instructed her not to slip in a dye pack or sound an alarm.
"Unfortunately for the defendant, his plan was less than foolproof," Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Mark Roe said in court papers. "When the teller turned the note over, something was written on the back."
There, "big as life," was the name and phone number of Sherman’s girlfriend, Roe alleged.
Police tracked Sherman down, but not before another bank was robbed in Everett.
The defendant was convicted March 12 in the Jan. 5 holdup. After hearing the evidence against Sherman, jurors deliberated for about 45 minutes before finding him guilty, a verdict reached over a noontime meal.
That gives Sherman 13 felony convictions, ranging from the robbery to burglary, auto theft, drug possession and assault.
His most recent prison term ended on Christmas Eve.
"His latest crime burst was brief and bumbling, but intense, and his victims were terrified," Roe said in court papers.
Prosecutors plan to seek a 15-year sentence for the Jan. 5 holdup.
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