EVERETT — A bank robber’s polite note, complete with his fingerprints, led to a guilty plea this week.
Muamer Mehmedovic, 22, of Lynnwood, pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree robbery. He admitting responsibility for a June 30 holdup at a U.S. Bank branch near Lynnwood.
“I have a gun — Give $5,000 — Thank you!” read the note he handed the teller. Mehmedovic left with cash, but not the note.
A Snohomish County sheriff’s detective sent the note to the Washington State Patrol crime lab, where technicians were able to find eight fingerprint impressions, all matching the defendant, court papers said.
Witnesses described the robber as having a “Russian” accent.
Before moving in for the arrest, the detective found social media and a newspaper story about the defendant describing how he’d moved to the U.S. from Bosnia as a child.
When approached by police, Mehmedovic said he knew why law enforcement had come his way. He told them he didn’t have a weapon during the holdup and that he’d made a big mistake.
“I’m not a bad person,” he reportedly said.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 23. He is looking at a prison term of around three years.
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