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August 19, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Suspected ‘Alabama Band Bandit’ captured near Everett

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Surveillance photo of the ‘Alabama Band Bandit.’

Police on Tuesday arrested a man believed to be the so-called “Alabama Band Bandit,” suspected of robbing at least five banks in Snohomish, King and Whatcom counties.

Members of the Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force found a vehicle believed to be associated with the 40-year-old Woodinville man in the 100 block of 128th Street Southeast near Everett, according to a news release. When the suspect showed up, task force members tried to arrest him, but he bolted.

A police K-9 tracked the man to the 12700 block of Third Avenue West, where he was taken into custody. Police also recovered a handgun he had tossed during the chase, the news release said.

The suspect has been turned over to the FBI.

The robber was dubbed the “Alabama Band Bandit” because of a hat he wore during one of the robberies. He is believed to be responsible for the following bank heists:

July 7: Bank of America, Martha Lake Branch, 164th Street Southwest, in Lynnwood;
 July 11: Whidbey Island Bank, Ballinger Way Northeast, in Shoreline;
July 18: Washington Federal, Meridian Street in Bellingham;
July 25: Washington Federal in Bellingham;
 July 30: Wells Fargo on 164th Street Southwest in Lynnwood.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Bank robbery, FBI, Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force

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