Everett man charged with robbing four banks in one week

He warned of an armed man waiting outside and made off with thousands of dollars, prosecutors wrote.

EVERETT — An Everett man convicted of robbing banks in the early 2000s now has been charged in the robbery of two more banks.

On Dec. 11, an employee at Washington Federal Bank brought the suspect, 50, into her office to talk about account options, according to charging options.

He had a white bandage over his left eye, and a black bandage wrapped around his head, the employee reported.

“I need you to stay calm and do as I say,” the man said, according to court documents. “I need you to count out $5,400, there is a bad man outside who is watching. Stay calm and you will be safe.”

Then he gave the employee a warning.

“No dye packs and don’t set off the alarm,” he reportedly said. “The man is watching outside.”

The employee gave him the money, and he walked away, charging papers said.

Two days later, he allegedly robbed another bank in the same fashion.

This time, he went to KeyBank in Bothell, and he asked for $3,000, prosecutors wrote.

Again, a teller said he wore bandages. And again he reportedly warned of a man outside.

“My partner is sitting in the car outside if (you) press the alarm he will shoot at the bank, he has a gun,” the man reportedly said.

An audit estimated that the teller was forced to give the man $1,430.

The King County Sheriff’s Office reported that the same man was a suspect in two more robberies in the Shoreline area.

Police compared photos taken from security footage to a Department of Licensing photo of an Everett man and found they matched. On Dec. 16, Edmonds police arrested the suspect in a hotel room.

Snohomish County prosecutors charged him twice, on Dec. 31 and Jan. 3, with first-degree robbery. When requesting his bail to be set at $500,000, prosecutors noted his bank robbery convictions in 2003 and 2004, among other felonies he has been responsible for in the past.

“Committing four suspected robberies in a one week time period shows a brazen disregard for the property and safety of others,” deputy prosecutor Kristen Beck wrote.

The suspect remained in custody at the Snohomish County Jail Monday.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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