WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Bank robbery in The Junction

In our report on this morning’s stolen-car crash in South Delridge, we mentioned the officer who spotted the car pre-crash was on his way to another call. We’ve confirmed that call was a bank robbery in The Junction, at the US Bank branch at 42nd/Edmunds. It was closed when we went over, with an officer still inside and a “temporarily closed due to emergency” note on the door. SPD referred us to the FBI for details, and we’re waiting to hear back.

8 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Bank robbery in The Junction"

  • StopCuttingDownTrees May 6, 2022 (2:47 pm)

    Hopefully, the penalty for early withdrawal will be a long prison sentence.

  • lowmanbeachdrive May 6, 2022 (4:17 pm)

    Is it just me, WSB, or is crime (robbery, stealing, etc.) getting worse in West Seattle? It seems like it but just might be my perception. Not sure what the stats are.

    • WSB May 6, 2022 (4:25 pm)

      The police website keeps stats and I haven’t taken the time to go look at them. All we can do is report what we hear about. Some days there’s nothing to report, but some days there are multiple incidents of note (and unfortunately I just got word of one more). Some kinds of crime remain very rare – bank robberies, for example, and homicides (none in WS so far this year). I will try to do better with context.

      • lowmanbeachdrive May 7, 2022 (5:09 pm)

        Thank you for your great work; will research myself as well. It’s on me to be an informed citizen. :)

  • Mj May 6, 2022 (5:13 pm)

    StopCuttingDownTrees – agreed.  Bank robbery is Federal Crime thus prosecution I believe is by the Fed’s that should ensure a long prison sentence when the perp is hopefully caught and prosecuted!

  • BJG May 6, 2022 (7:48 pm)

    This unfortunate corner bank has been robbed periodically since I attended Jefferson grade school across the street 60+ years ago. The bank alarms would go off and then Mrs. Anderson’s Room 5 would have a very good view of the all the police action. We just couldn’t go home until it was all over and safe again. I recall being locked down fairly regularly for  those Junction bank robberies for some reason. 

  • NotSurprised May 6, 2022 (8:30 pm)

    My niece was employed at that same US Bank branch and was robbed while working her teller window around 15 years ago. She resigned shortly thereafter.  I can’t imagine being that young and having to be faced with a situation like that. That branch has been robbed more than once since then. I believe criminals have tried to drive-off with the drive-through ATM machines once or twice too. Nothing surprises me in West Seattle anymore. The crime there is off the charts. I don’t feel safe walking around there anymore.

  • Marcus May 8, 2022 (7:13 am)

    It certainly seems like crime has increased over the past year or two.  And the crime is becoming more emboldened.  First it is petty crime, cars, porch poachers and now it appears to be certified robberies with deadly weapons.  Just last night the same car that I saw casing a neighbors van drove by around 3AM as I recognized the muffler sound.  Homicides are the top of the pyramid and a strong crime base just pushes up to that horrible enviably.  

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