As downtown was embroiled in May Day protests, Seattle Police were searching the area around 15th Ave for a bank robber who reportedly ripped off the Wells Fargo inside the Safeway at 15th and John.
In the incident reported just before 6p, a man entered the bank and demanded an undisclosed amount of money. He is described as a black male in his 50s, wearing a dark blue vest, orange polo and grey cap at the time of the robbery. No weapon was used in the hold-up. The man was seen leaving northbound from the Safeway carrying a bag of money.
UPDATE: SPD has posted a picture of the suspect. As you can see, his clothing description varies a bit from what he was actually wearing. CHS has also learned that the man ditched his clothing in a nearby alley after the robbery. Here’s more information from SPD:
Do you recognize this bank robbery suspect?
He walked into a bank inside a grocery store–at 14th Avenue and E. John Street on Capitol Hill–just before 6pm Tuesday evening and demanded money.
Witnesses described the suspect as as a black male in his 50s, 5’9, with a mustache, wearing a blue beanie, white vest, orange polo shirt, and khaki pants.
If you recognize the suspect, please call 911 and immediately and refer to this incident. Anonymous tips are welcome.
UPDATE: A CHS reader also made an interesting discovery on 16th Ave north of Thomas this morning. It appears to be a tracking device hidden between two taped-together $20 bills. It apparently did not fool the robber and was ditched within blocks of the bank. The reader turned the find over to police.