Sheriff’s office releases photo of suspected Kingston bank robber

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The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office has released a photo of the suspect in the Kingston bank robbery that delayed the Edmonds-Kingston ferry run Dec. 21 while law enforcement officers searched the vessel to make sure the suspect wasn’t on board.

Security surveillance image from Kingston Bank of America branch.

The robbery occurred around 12:29 p.m. at the Bank of America branch office located at 10943 N.E. State Highway 104 in Kingston. A single adult white male entered the premises and contacted a bank employee. The suspect threatened the bank and its employees with
an apparent explosive device and demanded money.

After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect was last seen leaving the
bank on foot, headed westbound. The suspect left the apparent explosive device inside
the business premises. Bank employees evacuated the building

Upon arrival, law enforcement officers closed down a quarter-mile stretch of
State Highway 104 in Kingston while explosive ordnance disposal technicians safely removed the device from inside the bank.

Ferry traffic that normally uses State Highway 104 to enter and leave Kingston was re-routed temporarily along secondary streets in the town, and State Patrol troopers delayed the 12:50 p.m. departure of an Edmonds-bound Washington State ferry for 35 minutes. The closed portion of State Highway 104 was re-opened after approximately 2 ½ hours.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6-feet tall, medium build, blue eyes and with a moustache and beard that a bank employee believes are fake. The suspect was wearing a blue-colored hooded parka, dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, blue
jeans, a baseball cap, eye glasses and light-colored shoes.

Persons with information about this robbery, or the suspect, are requested to contact the FBI’s Seattle office at (206) 622-0460, or the Detective Fel Abille at (360) 337-5620. Investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in the area west of the bank, on Lindvog Road Northeast and the general vicinity of the Billie Johnson Skate Park in Kingston.

Those wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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