Robber nabbed after asking teller to ‘be cool’

EVERETT — A Bellingham man accused of bank robbery allegedly handed a teller a note with a simple message Monday.

It read: “Don’t trip be cool give me the money,” according to court records.

The suspect, 33, was arrested for investigation of first-degree robbery and booked into the Snohomish County Jail. An Everett District Court judge on Tuesday set bail at $100,000.

The robbery was reported about 1:40 p.m. Monday at the U.S. Bank on Hewitt Avenue.

The man allegedly was given $740 by the teller and left the bank.

Police believe he then called a cab from a nearby restaurant. An employee at the restaurant told police the man told him to throw away his jacket and hat.

The worker noticed police cars in the area and called 911 to report what he had seen and that the man had left the area in a yellow cab.

Deputies from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office caught up to the cab in Marysville near 116th Street and I-5 and stopped the vehicle. The man had $700 on him and allegedly told police where they could find the other $40.

The suspect reportedly told police that he needed the money because he believed people were following him and he needed to leave the area.

Everett police wrote in a report that it appears the man might have mental health issues.

During an interview, the suspect told police he believed that people began following him in 2006 and he has been on the run ever since, according to court papers.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, stevick@heraldnet.com

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