(This is all the information we currently have on this arrest. More on Monday)
After receiving a report of a robbery Thursday evening, police walked into a South Lake Union bank and found cash and a gun strewn across the bank’s floor, and a security guard holding down a masked robber.
Around 5:30 pm Thursday, a 44-year-old man—dressed in a ski mask and armed with a gun—walked into the US Bank near Westlake Avenue and 8th Avenue N., threatened to shoot a bank clerk, and demanded cash.
As the bank clerk was handing money over to the suspect, a bank security guard walked up behind the robber and knocked his gun (which turned out to be fake) out of his hand.
The suspect wrestled with the guard, and both men fell to the floor. The guard was able to overpower the suspect, and hold him down until police arrived and arrested him.
Police are now investigating whether the 44-year-old suspect is responsible for a number of other bank robberies outside of Seattle.
UPDATE: Police believe they’ve finally found an elusive bank robber famous for resembling that guy who sang about searching for his lost shaker of salt.
The Safe Streets Task Force has been after the 44-year-old Jimmy Buffett Bandit since September, when he first began his robbery spree. Police believe the man is responsible for at least nine different bank robberies in and around Seattle:
1. 9/7/12 Key Bank at 7307 35th Ave NE in Seattle
2. 10/2/12 Homestreet Bank at 8200 35th Ave NE in Seattle
3. 10/30/12 Peoples Bank at 3300 W. McGraw St. in Seattle
4. 11/5/12 US Bank at 4040 Factoria Blvd SE in Bellevue
5. 11/28/12 US Bank at 8702 35th Ave NE in Seattle
6. 12/13/12 US Bank at 17601 SE 272nd St. in Covington
7. 12/19/12 Wells Fargo at 9750 NE 117th Lane in Kirkland
8. 1/15/13 Wells Fargo at 1419 Marvin Rd NE in Lacey
9. 1/24/13 US Bank at 1019 8th Ave N in Seattle
Margaritas will be hard to come by where he’s going.