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Man arrested on suspicion of attempting to rob Timberland Bank on Viking Avenue
POULSBO — A North End man handed a Timberland Bank teller a note demanding money Friday morning. The bank declined and the man left.
He was arrested by police within a half hour on suspicion of attempted bank robbery.
Deputy Police Chief Wendy Davis said the suspect was arrested without incident. He did not have a weapon. He was being interviewed at 11 a.m. at the Poulsbo Police Department and will be booked into Kitsap County Jail, she said.
Davis would not give the suspect's name. She described him only as a North End resident in his 50s.
There were no injuries, according to Danielle Rowekamp, the bank’s vice president of risk and security. She declined to comment further. Timberland Bank is located at 20464 Viking Ave. NW.
The alleged attempted robbery occurred shortly after the bank opened at 9 a.m. At about 9:25 a.m., Timberland Bank called 9-1-1 to report an attempted bank robbery. The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 50 years of age, 6 foot, thin build, with a pony tail, wearing a blue beanie and a long sleeve black shirt.
Police officers from Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island and Suquamish responded to the area, with squad cars posted at 305 and Viking Avenue, Bond and 1st avenues, Fish Park, and Viking Avenue near the Stendahl Ridge entrance.
A man fitting that description was arrested by officers near 305 and Viking. Police also seized a backpack. "The subject contacted was wearing different clothing from what was observed during (the) incident," Davis wrote in a press release. "The bank staff was transported to the location where he was detained and they identified him as the robbery suspect. The suspect was taken into custody."
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit went to the scene to assist with a track to locate potential evidence in the case. Davis said the suspect took the note with him when he left the bank, but he did not have the note with him when he was arrested.
Davis said Chief Dennis Swiney thanks the area agencies who responded to the scene.
Anyone who observed the suspect or has information about the case should call the Poulsbo Police Department, Detective David Gesell, at 394-9783.