Possible bomb removed from Kingston bank; robbery suspect still at large
December 21, 2009 · Updated 7:59 PM
A possible explosive device was removed from a Bank of America in Kingston just after 3 p.m. Monday following a robbery at the branch.
Kitsap County Sheriff's spokesman Scott Wilson said Monday afternoon investigators hadn't yet determined whether the device was a bomb. The investigation closed Kingston streets and delayed ferries, but the suspect was not located.
According to a sheriff's office news release, the suspect entered the bank at 10943 NE State Highway 104 at 12:29 p.m., demanded money and threatened employees with the device, which he said was bomb. The suspect told employees someone would watch the building and would detonate the bomb if law enforcement arrived within 90 minutes.
The man left the device in the bank and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. Bank employees evacuated the building and contacted law enforcement.
Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene at 12:36 p.m., followed by officers from six regional agencies.
The portions of Highway 104 and nearby streets were closed as a team led by the Washington State Patrol used a robot to locate the possible explosive. Streets were reopened after the device was removed.
Meanwhile the 12:50 p.m. ferry sailing from Kingston was held at the terminal so officers could search the vessel for the suspect. The delay caused ferries on the route to run 25 to 30 minutes late for the rest of the afternoon.
The suspect had not been found as of 4 p.m. Monday. The FBI is assisting the sheriff's detectives with the investigation.
The suspect is described as a white man, 6-feet-tall. He was wearing a blue colored hooded parka, blue jeans and a blue-colored baseball cap along with a mustache and beard that a bank employee said looked fake.
Information regarding the robbery can be reported to the Seattle FBI office at (206) 622-0460, or the Kitsap County Sheriff’s detective division at (360) 337-7111. Anonymous reports can be made to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).