Suspect in Newcastle Key Bank robbery arrested

June 23, 2012

By Christina Lords

NEW — 4:25 p.m. June 23, 2012

The man suspected of robbing the Newcastle branch of Key Bank at about 10:30 a.m. June 14 was arrested June 22, according to statement from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

He is believed to be responsible for two other bank robberies in Mt. Vernon and in Moses Lake.

The FBI Safe Streets Task Force worked immediately following the Newcastle robbery to identify the suspect, locate him and take him into custody.

“Our praise to the FBI for their great work,” Irvine said. “We appreciate their efforts.”

The suspect, who was wearing a bandage on the left side of his face during the incident, robbed the Key Bank located at 6917 Coal Creek Parkway S.E.

He was described as a 6 foot, 240 pound black male in his 30s.

He is believed to be the same suspect who robbed the Bank of America on June 12 at 320 W. Kincaid St. in Mount Vernon due to similarities in appearance and method, said FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich.

Dietrich said the details of how the Newcastle robbery took place cannot be released at this time, but the robbery was not armed. She was not able to release how much money was taken from the bank, she said.

Residents who see suspicious activity can call 911 or the Newcastle Police Department’s non-emergency dispatch number, 206-296-3311, for an officer to respond.

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