Suspect shot by police in Stanwood attempted bank robbery

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 25 at 8:20 PM

STANWOOD, Wash. -- Police are investigating whether a suspect captured in an attempted Stanwood bank robbery is the "Tour de Banks Robber" responsible for a string of robberies in King and Snohomish counties.

The robbery attempted happened around 10:40 a.m. Tuesday at a KeyBank near a Haggen grocery store on 72nd Avenue NW.  Witnesses inside the bank said the male suspect walked in, flashed a gun and tried to rob the bank.

A Stanwood police officer who happened to be on patrol discovered the robbery in progress. Shots were fired, and both suspect and officer ended up in the Haggen parking lot across the street from the bank.

The suspect was hit by gunfire. He was apprehended by police and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he was in critical condition and undergoing surgery.

The officer nor the bank employees were hurt during the incident.

Police were questioning witnesses and looking into a bicycle at the scene, which appeared to be the robber's mode of transportation. Police are investigating whether the suspect is the same person who has robbed at least seven banks in King and Snohomish counties in the past couple of months and fled the robberies on a bicycle.

The Stanwood Schools Superintendent's Office placed four schools in lockdown after they were told by police a robbery had taken place. The schools are no longer in lockdown since the suspect has been apprehended.

KING 5's Eric Wilkinson and Liza Javier contributed to this report.



 

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