Handsy Bandit Back In Jail After Botched Bank Job

A bank robber arrested last month after he was found pleasuring himself in the doorway of a Capitol Hill car dealership is back in jail after he walked away from work release Thursday morning and tried to rob another bank.

Around 9:20 Thursday morning, the 45-year-old suspect walked into the Key Bank near 2nd Ave. and Columbia St., threatened a clerk, and fled without taking any cash.

After SPD detectives released surveillance pictures of the suspect, several Department of Corrections officers identified him as a 45-year-old robber arrested just last month for another bank heist on New Year’s Eve. In that case, the 45-year-old man robbed a Capitol Hill bank and was arrested one day later, when officers caught him “playing with himself” in the doorway of a car dealership.

After the man was jailed for the New Year’s Eve robbery, he became part of a work release program, allowing him to check out of the King County Jail during the day for work, and return at night. On Thursday, the 45-year-old man checked himself out of jail around 8:30 am, just 50 minutes before he tried to rob the downtown bank.

The man’s time on the lam didn’t last long, however. Patrol officers picked him up and booked him back into jail Thursday evening.