Pair of Nikes leads to bank robbery arrest in south Everett

The suspect allegedly took $1,000 in cash from a KeyBank. He was found a few blocks away.

EVERETT — In the end, it was shoes that led to an alleged bank robber’s arrest in south Everett.

According to witnesses, the suspect, a 46-year-old Everett man, entered the KeyBank at 6726 Evergreen Way shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday. He handed the teller a drawstring bag and allegedly demanded cash. Fearing the suspect might be armed, the employee put about $1,000 inside the bag.

The suspect grabbed the bag and left, going north on Evergreen Way, according to police reports filed in court. Still images from security camera video reportedly showed that the suspect was wearing what was described as a “noticeable Nike shoe” — mostly gray, with a bright-blue heel.

As officers searched the area, they saw a man in the 6500 block of Fleming Street, just a few blocks from the bank. He “appeared to look around and walk in a suspicious manner as if he were attempting to not be observed.” He also was wearing the exact brand of shoes, as well as similar clothing, as the suspect seen in the video.

Officers arrested the man as he went onto the property of a closed business. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree robbery.

Using surveillance and a police dog, police also found the drawstring bag used in the robbery.

No injuries were reported and the robbery was under investigation, according to a news release from the Everett Police Department. The release noted that the apprehension was made possible thanks to the quick response by officers from a wide range of units, as well as the Snohomish County sheriff’s K-9 Unit.

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

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