From a Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office news release.
The lone suspect in an aggressive armed robbery of the Heritage Bank located in the 20600 block of Bothell Everett Highway in unincorporated Bothell was apprehended in Lynnwood by Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Deputies with assistance from Lynnwood Police Officers on Friday, March 11, 2016.
The suspect, a 46-year-old male from Mountlake Terrace, was taken into custody after being cornered in the Lynnwood Fred Meyer located in the 4600 block of 196th Street SW.
The incident began when employees from the Heritage Bank called 911 at approximately 12:00 pm on Friday afternoon, to report there was a male in the safe robbing the bank.
Bank employees described the suspect as aggressive, threatening, and armed with a handgun.
Witnesses observed the male leave the bank on a bicycle with an undisclosed amount of cash.
As deputies from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office responded to the bank, information of a suspicious looking van parked nearby the bank was received.
A Washington license plate was provided and responding deputies spotted the van on 196 ST SW near Interstate 5 in Lynnwood.
Deputies attempted to stop the van and a short vehicle pursuit was initiated with the driver fleeing the area westbound on 196 ST SW toward the Lynnwood Fred Meyer store.
The driver of the van drove into the Fred Meyer parking lot, jumped out of the van, and ran into the store.
Officers from the Lynnwood Police Department assisted the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office deputies in safely containing the store and then quickly making entry to locate the driver.
Witnesses inside the store directed responding deputies and officers to the driver located in the grocery portion of the store, where he was taken into custody without incident.
A store employee observed the driver toss what appeared to be a gun on the floor as he was running through the store.
Evidence observed inside of the van and evidence gathered in the store support that the driver is the suspect from the Bothell bank robbery.