LYNNWOOD — In the end, it appears it was the note that nailed him.
“I have a gun — Give $5,000 — Thank you!” read the missive handed to a teller during a June 30 robbery at a U.S. Bank branch near Lynnwood.
The robber left with money but left behind the note. It was placed in evidence and sent by a Snohomish County sheriff’s detective to the Washington State Patrol crime lab.
Technicians were able to find eight fingerprint impressions on the note, all of which were matched to Muamer Mehmedovic, 22, of Lynnwood, deputy prosecutor Julie Mohr said in Snohomish County Superior Court papers.
The man who robbed the bank was described as having a “Russian” accent and a stocky build. That reportedly describes the defendant, who moved to the U.S. from Bosnia as a child.
Mehmedovic’s home is about a 15-minute drive from the bank. He was cooperative when a sheriff’s deputy pulled him over.
“When asked if he knew what this was about, the defendant said, ‘Yes,’” court papers said.
He requested an attorney after being advised of his rights.
“When told he was under arrest for robbery in the first degree, the defendant immediately said, ‘I didn’t have weapons, I swear to God,’ ‘I completely screwed up,’ and ‘I’m not a bad person,’” Mohr wrote in the charges.
If convicted, Mehmedovic is looking at a prison term of up to 3½ years.
He was behind bars at the county jail in Everett on Friday, his bail set at $100,000.
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