‘Phony Pony Bandit’ drops $6.3 million lawsuit against county

Todd Kirkpatrick (Washington Department of Corrections)

EVERETT — A man who was shot by police while robbing a bank in Stanwood in 2012 has abandoned his efforts to get more than $6 million in damages.

A federal judge recently dismissed the lawsuit brought by Todd Kirkpatrick, who is an inmate in the state prison system.

Earlier this month, Kirkpatrick, 59, told the court he supported Snohomish County’s request to toss the lawsuit. He said his chances of winning were not worth his time and money.

His attorney, Dennis Clayton of Spokane, declined to comment for this story.

The county is “extremely pleased,” said Jason Cummings, the chief civil deputy prosecuting attorney.

Kirkpatrick is a former businessman from Anacortes who fell on hard times with money and alcohol. In summer 2012, he became known as the “Phony Pony Bandit,” because he wore a wig while robbing banks. The spree earned the attention of law enforcement throughout Western Washington. Local banks came under extra surveillance.

On Sept. 25, 2012, sheriff’s deputy Dan Scott was checking on the KeyBank in Stanwood. A bicycle leaning against the building caught his eye. The Phony Pony Bandit was known to use a bike. The deputy saw that a wooden block in a black bag had been used to keep the bank’s automatic doors from closing.

Kirkpatrick was carrying an unloaded gun, and police alleged that he pointed it at Scott near the bank’s entrance. Kirkpatrick claims that didn’t happen, though surveillance video did show him aiming the weapon at a teller.

Kirkpatrick was shot at least once at the bank and ran toward a nearby Haggen store. Scott fired several more rounds. The robber was struck again and fell down.

Kirkpatrick claimed he was shot another time while on the ground, something the county says is untrue. He suffered wounds to his chest, left arm and legs. He said his medical bills surpassed $300,000.

He later was convicted of four robberies. He was sentenced in 2013 to 17 years in prison.

In June 2015, Kirkpatrick filed a claim with the county, seeking $6.3 million.

He alleged that he was the victim of excessive force. The claim was denied, prompting the lawsuit that Sheriff Ty Trenary called “ridiculous.”

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @rikkiking.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Navy now plans to send 3 more ships to Everett

The destroyer USS John S. McCain is the latest with plans to move here within the next 13 months.

One dead, three hospitalized after Highway 522 crash

An East Wenatchee woman died after a head-on collision Saturday night in Monroe.

Man suspected of child abuse in Hawaii arrested in Shoreline

He was wanted for investigation of seven counts of child sexual assault and abuse in Maui.

New grants aim to retrain aerospace workers

County program offers up to $250,000 per business to help workers acquire new skills.

Marysville man charged in stabbing, trapping of girlfriend

After allegedly keeping her in the car for hours as she bled, he dropped her off at the hospital.

Police: Lake Stevens political sign thief assaults witness

The suspect, 66, removed signs of two Black candidates, then attacked a man who confronted him, police said.

Humpback whale hit by Mukilteo ferry, Chip, is presumed dead

The whale, age 3, has not been seen since being struck Monday. His companion was later seen alone.

Lynnwood police chief retires; city planning for replacement

Chief Tom Davis was a career cop who put an emphasis on building relations with the public.

Most Read