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Failed Robbery, Bomb Threat Land Renton Man in Jail

The suspect initially fled the scene, but was later located in the bathroom of a nearby QFC.

A Renton man will spend the night in King County Jail after a failed robbery and bomb threat at Key Bank.

Renton Police responded to a report of a bank robbery at the Key Bank branch located at 4431 NE 4th St. just after 2:40 this afternoon. By the time they arrived, the suspect had fled the scene; however, a bank employee reported witnessing the suspect get into a cab, and jotted down the taxi’s license plate number.

Police evacuated the bank based on the bomb threat. The police did not provide any details on whether or not the threat was credible. Patch has a call in to the Renton Police Department for further details. 

Acting on the tip from the bank employee, police were able to contact the taxi driver, who was then at the QFC at N.E. 4th and Duvall. The driver told police he dropped the suspect off at the grocery store chain.

Police quickly surrounded the QFC store and located the suspect and his ‘demand note” inside the restroom. A bank employee was taken to the QFC store where they positively identified the suspect as the bank robber.

The suspect, a 55-year-old Renton man, was booked into the King County Jail on charges of Felony Investigation of Bank Robbery.  Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call 9-1-1 or contact the Renton Police Department at 425-430-7500 reference case 12-10140.

where the alleged robber stuck around to talk with police because she "had robbed the bank in hopes of going to jail," according to her statement to detectives.

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