West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Morgan Junction bank-robbery suspect also under investigation for two grocery-store holdups

As first reported here last night, police arrested a suspect hours after Tuesday morning’s bank robbery at Washington Federal in Morgan Junction – and we now have confirmation from police that he is also the suspect in Monday night’s holdup at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) across the street from the bank, as well as an earlier robbery at a QFC on Capitol Hill. The 48-year-old suspect was booked into jail after midnight today, so his first bail hearing won’t be until tomorrow. We’ve been working to get even more information from police, but this is what we’ve been able to confirm so far through the Southwest Precinct. Online records show his criminal history in this state goes back almost 30 years.

8 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Morgan Junction bank-robbery suspect also under investigation for two grocery-store holdups"

  • Chuck August 3, 2016 (5:07 pm)

    Great job, SPD! After thirty years of practice, you’d think this guy would be better at his “craft.” It’s safe to say he’s certainly not going to be contributing to society any time soon. Hope they can keep him where he belongs.

  • M August 3, 2016 (5:16 pm)

    Is he a west Seattle resident? 

    • WSB August 3, 2016 (5:36 pm)

      Don’t know yet. I haven’t seen the written reports. He was tracked to what was described as a relative’s residence.

  • Petunia August 4, 2016 (6:30 am)
    Yay SPD!
  • Lola August 4, 2016 (10:20 am)

    This man obviously needs some kind of help if he has held up 3 places in a matter of a week.  Please tell me they will not release him after his bail hearing as he will just continue with his hold-ups putting the public at risk.  

  • Garden_nymph August 4, 2016 (11:10 am)

     I hear that he was released, then took his own life. 

    • WSB August 4, 2016 (11:20 am)

      GN, we mentioned in a different comment thread, that’s a different bank-robbery suspect, the 61-year-old man arrested for the Bank of America holdup in The Junction last week. Though I still have not found official confirmation, that man was reported to have died last weekend, after being released on his own recognizance. And that would explain why no case was referred for charges on Monday. Again, different case, different suspect. The suspect in this case (2 Morgan Junction robberies + one on Capitol Hill) remains in jail and I expect bail-hearing information this afternoon. – Tracy

  • Marc August 4, 2016 (8:29 pm)

    The 61 year old person that held up the Bank of America was a friend of mine. He was a very depressed person, from all the pills he was taking. Yes, he did take his life on Friday or Saturday, his sister found him hanging in his building. This person was not a person that would of did this crime if he was not so depressed from all the pills he had to take. A very wonderful person that would make you laugh all the time. He will be very much missed by all of us that knew him.  Marc

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