October 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM
Bike-riding ‘Tour de Banks Robber’ arrested in Bothell
A prolific, bicycle-riding bank robber was arrested this morning near his Bothell home, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The 30-year-old man, dubbed the “Tour de Banks Robber,” was arrested around 8 a.m. as he drove from his home in the 20300 block of 124th Avenue Northeast.
After the arrest, detectives served search warrants on the man’s home and an adult family home he owns in the 21100 block of 46th Avenue Southeast in Snohomish County.
The man has been linked to more than eight bank robberies in Monroe, Bothell, Mill Creek and Woodinville, according to the FBI. After most of the robberies, he left the scene riding a bicycle.
According to an FBI news release, he often wore a black, full-face ski mask, gloves, a dark baseball cap or hooded shirt, and a dark, long-sleeved sweatshirt or zip-up. He has been armed with a handgun or a knife.
Some of the bank robberies attributed to the ”Tour de Banks Robber” include:
Jan. 30: Key Bank, Bothell;
May 2: Key Bank, Woodinville;
June 26: Union Bank, Woodinville;
July 5: Key Bank, Bothell;
July 6: Bank of America, Woodinville;
July 23: U.S. Bank, Bothell;
July 30: Washington Federal, Monroe;
Sept. 12: Whidbey Island Bank, Mill Creek.
“This was an excellent resolution to a very dangerous threat and shows what can be accomplished with strong partnerships between local law enforcement agencies and the FBI,” said Bothell police Chief Carol Cummings.
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