Lake Stevens Police were called to a bank robbery at Union Bank, 909 Frontage Rd. in Frontier Village on Wednesday, May 23. The call came in around 11 a.m.
The robbery suspect is a Lake Stevens man in his mid-30s who was wearing a red wig and a black hoodie sweatshirt. He was carrying a firearm which he showed the teller while demanding money.
“We responded to an alarm at the bank,” Lake Stevens Police Chief Randy Celori said. “The Sergeant was the first to arrive on scene at which time he was approached by a citizen who had taken a picture of the vehicle the suspect was operating in. He then broadcasted that info over the radio.”
The police spotted the vehicle near Lundeen Park and a chase pursued.
“They were involved in a short pursuit and the officers lost sight of the vehicle,” Celori said. “After a check of the area they located the vehicle which had been ditched. Officers then set up containment and brought a K-9 unit. They soon discovered the suspect hiding in a shed.”
The pursuit led off into the Lake Cassidy area and near the bus barn just west of Highway 9.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at that time.
“He cooperated once he was captured and was booked into Snohomish County Jail for the robbery and attempting to elude police,” Celori explained. “We’re still investigating to see if he is connected to any other robberies but he doesn’t appear to be.”
This is the fourth bank robbery in Lake Stevens since 2007.