SPD released still images from bank surveillance video Friday as the department posted new details of the incident. We’ve added SPD’s full report on the incident at the bottom of our post.
Police officers fatally shoot bank robbery suspect in Denny Blaine area — UPDATE x2: Seattle Police officers fatally shot a man just south of Viretta Park Thursday afternoon after the man, suspected in a earlier bank robbery, flipped his car and led officers on a 2.5 hour chase through the Denny Blaine neighborhood. According to SPD, officers believed the man was carrying a knife when they approached him at the 100 block of 39th Ave E. UPDATE: The dead suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Cody Spafford. The Stranger has details about his work as a chef in Ballard and a criminal record with nothing remotely approaching this incident. UPDATE: We’ve added a full report from SPD on the fatal shooting to the end of this post.
UPDATE: SPD fanned out around Viretta Park Thursday morning after the suspect flipped his car near 39th and John and was seen fleeing the area wearing women’s clothing and heavy makeup. Police believed the man to be armed.
According to police, the cross-dressed suspect walked into a Madison Park Wells Fargo bank at around 9:15 AM and demanded money from the teller. Soon after police said he flipped his car and was seen fleeing from the scene with a suitcase. The search for the suspect led police to Kurt Cobain’s former house, where K-9 units combed the house’s wooded plot.
The search began around 9:30 AM. SWAT and K-9 units were in the area and roads in the area near Lake Washington were being closed to traffic during the search. The suspect was described as a white male wearing “lots of female make-up” and a large bandage on his face. Police found clothing and money strewn on ground near where the car flipped. SPD posted a brief on the search and updated the suspect’s description — “Lake Wa incident update: susp. ditched clothes, described as wht male, 5’7, 170 lbs, glasses, tan jacket & makeup”:
Just after 9:15 Thursday morning, an armed man, reportedly wearing lots of makeup, women’s clothing and a brunette wig, walked into a bank near E. Madison Street and McGilvra Blvd. and demanded money from a teller.
The man then fled the bank on foot, possibly carrying a rolling suitcase, and was seen getting into a silver sedan nearby.
About 10 minutes later, police received a report that a silver Hyundai had crashed and flipped over near 39th Avenue and E. John Street, and that the driver had fled from the scene of the crash, carrying a rolling suitcase.
Police are closing streets near 39th and John as they search for the suspect. Continue reading