Say what you will about Gary Dean Anderson, Jr., the man now charged in last week’s $2,000 hold-up of a Broadway Chase bank — he had his priorities straight.
According to court documents filed by the King County Prosecutor, the oft-convicted Anderson left the Chase bank at Broadway and Thomas last Wednesday with pockets bulging with cash and made a beeline for a Capitol Hill institution – Charlie’s on Broadway. Police say the 55-year-old likely was inside the restaurant before the first 911 call was even made in the just-before 11 AM hold-up.
According to police, Anderson used a note to rob the bank of $2,000:
Post Charlie’s, police say Anderson also wasn’t shy about what had happened when media — including a CHS photographer — showed up at the arrest scene at Broadway and E Olive Way.
Police say Anderson confessed again to the robbery and told detectives he needed the money to get out of the halfway house he had been living in since his latest release from jail and planned to take a bus to California. Anderson said he initially considered robbing an area Bank of America but thought better of it when he saw a guard.
Anderson, who is charged with robbery in the first degree, has an even more extensive rap sheet than CHS initially reported with prosecutors tallying some 34 past warrants and several convictions including felony domestic violence, robbery and assault. Prosecutors say that, if convicted, this will be Anderson second strike under the state’s three strike law.
Before he was arrested, police say Anderson stopped in a nearby smoke shop after his breakfast to buy cigarettes and then planned to walk to the Greyhound Bus depot even as SPD cars filled the area to search him out. According to the report on his arrest, in his 30 minutes of freedom following the robbery, Anderson spent $23.50 of the $2,000 stolen from the bank.