67 days in jail for attempted bank robbery

KINGSTON — A Kingston man who said he tried to rob Timberland Bank on Viking Way because he needed the money was sentenced to 67 days in Kitsap County Jail and one year on probation.

Adam T. Hewins, 51, pleaded guilty on March 22 to second-degree robbery. He received credit for time served. Second-degree robbery is a felony, so he cannot possess a firearm. He was also ordered to pay restitution.

Hewins was arrested within a half hour after he handed a Timberland Bank teller a note demanding money Feb. 17. The bank teller refused the demand and told Hewins to leave.

He was arrested without incident at Highway 305 and Viking Way and did not have a weapon.

Hewins told police he tried to rob the bank because he was on hard times, had been out of work, his rent was past due and he needed the money. He was booked into Kitsap County Jail on a charge of first-degree robbery and was held on $50,000 bond.

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.

Hewins was as cooperative with police as he was the teller. While waiting at 305 and Viking for bank tellers to arrive and identify him, officers removed his handcuffs so they could put a coat on him; he was wearing a T-shirt and it was chilly. At one moment, he smiled and conversed with an officer. Officers removed his coat and cuffed him again when it came time for him to get in the police car for the ride to the station.

During an interview at the Poulsbo Police Department, the arresting officer showed Hewins bank security pictures and the suspect identified himself and admitted he tried to rob the bank, according to the officer’s Statement of Probable Cause.

“He described the conversation that he had with the bank teller, which was consistent with the statement the teller gave me,” the officer wrote in the statement. “He agreed to show me where his discarded clothes were. We returned to the area of the bank. He showed me where he discarded his paper bag used in the attempted robbery, his discarded knit cap, and his discarded blue plaid shirt, which had the robbery note in the left breast pocket.”

In a statement to the court, the teller said she was stressed by the incident and had to seek therapy.

It was the second time in four years that a Timberland Bank teller on Viking Avenue had been handed a robbery note. On April 28, 2008, Todd Prohaskey, 47, of Sequim was sentenced to 25 years in state prison for robbing the bank branch. Prokaskey slipped a bank teller a note demanding money and made off with a number of large bills.

Prokaskey — previously convicted of bank robbery in California — led deputies on a three-county chase before officers used spike strips to stop his truck in Clallam County.

Law enforcement officials found $20, $50 and $100 bills believed to belong to the bank in the front seat of his truck, according to police reports.

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