Lynnwood police say they caught a bank robber today who showed a long firearm, then tried to drive off with stolen money.
The crime happened at 5:10 p.m. at a U.S. Bank branch in the 19000 block of Highway 99. The suspected robber drove a mile west, to the 7500 block of 196th Street Southwest, and abandoned his car in a business complex. As Lynnwood and Edmonds officers converged, the 50-year-old suspect ran off.
At first, officers thought he was hiding in the vehicle, but instead there were mounds of items inside. A witness said the suspect ran into nearby woods, where officers made the arrest, said Lynnwood police Commander James Nelson. Customers were shopping in the business complex, which was placed on lockdown.
Police arrested the man, at about 7:50 p.m. and took him to a city jail cell, Nelson said. Detectives were interviewing the suspect Thursday night, according to police. Officers believe that money and a weapon are inside the vehicle, but they have yet to execute a search warrant.