When Oompa Loompas Go Bad

The suspect in a Wednesday evening robbery at a Capitol Hill bank may be a dedicated Oompa Loompa cosplay enthusiast, or simply a desperate man trying to get a quick buck by robbing a bank. But either way, police are hoping you can help track him down.

Just after 6:00 p.m. officers responded to a 911 call of a robbery at the Chase Bank in the 300 block of Broadway Avenue East.  The suspect — dubbed the “Tan Man Bandit” by detectives — entered the bank, pushed a demand note through the bandit barrier window and flashed a handgun.  The bank teller refused to comply with the suspect’s demands and the suspect fled the bank without any money. No one was injured during the robbery.
Tan Man Bandit
The suspect is described as a white male with a medium build, 20 to 30 years old, 6’ to 6’2” tall, long, stringy, red or auburn hair (which may have been a wig), unshaven auburn-colored facial hair, and possibly teardrop facial tattoo under one or both of his eyes. The suspect was last seen wearing a red jacket, blue jeans, and a knit hat with an orange stripe — matching the color of his skin.  Witnesses at the bank told police the suspect’s skin was orange, possibly from a spray-on tan.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call the Seattle Police Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535.  Anonymous tips are welcome.

This remains an active and on-going bank robbery investigation.