Sirens & Gavels

Spokane bank robber still at large

The FBI is looking for this man, who robbed the INB bank branch at Hawthorne Road and Nevada Street at gunpoint Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. Officials say the suspect tied up bank employees with duct tape during the robbery. (Spokane Valley Police Department)
The FBI is looking for this man, who robbed the INB bank branch at Hawthorne Road and Nevada Street at gunpoint Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. Officials say the suspect tied up bank employees with duct tape during the robbery. (Spokane Valley Police Department)

In a brazen act and shockingly ugly fashion statement, a man in striped purple-and-gold poncho, a blond wig and brown false mustache tied up Spokane bank employees before escaping with cash Tuesday.

The man walked into the INB Bank branch at Hawthorne Road and Nevada Street at about noon, displayed a pistol and forced three bank tellers to their knees and bound them with duct tape, said Sgt. Dave Reagan, sheriff’s spokesman.

The robber forced the employees to lie down, then ran from the building. A white panel van in the parking lot during the robbery may be involved.

The man was described as a white, in his 30s, wearing gold-colored glasses with square rims, and yellow construction-type boots.

Anyone with information about the robbery can call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.




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