MAY 19, 1997

 woodinville.com : your home town on the world wide web

Local News

Bothell bank robbery suspect turns himself in to police

robbery suspect

Cameras caught the suspect of a May 9 bank robbery on tape.
U.S. Bank photo.

bank robbery by Andrew Walgamott, staff reporter
A man who is suspected of robbing a U.S. Bank on Bothell's Main Street on May 9 turned himself in after pictures of the man caught by a bank surveillance camera were printed in a local paper May 14.
   The suspect, Gregory Baker, a 29-year-old Eastside transient who has been renting a room in Bothell, surrendered to Bothell police at their North Creek Station at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to Bothell Police Detective D. F. Nizzi. Baker was accompanied by relatives when he came in. He was taken to King County Jail at 6 p.m. the same day.
   Nizzi said that after the surveillance camera photo and bank robbery story hit newsstands, Bothell police received four calls between 9:30 a.m. and noon Wednesday identifying the man by name. That, and guilt, were probably what led to his surrender, according to Nizzi.
   Baker allegedly robbed the U.S. Bank at 1:50 p.m. He approached the first bank teller inside the main door of the bank, right hand in his front pocket and demanded money. He told the teller he had a handgun in his pocket. After taking money from the teller, he fled out the front door, heading westbound on Main Street. A bank surveillance camera captured the man's image as he left.
   Officers searching the downtown business area learned that the suspect had been seen shortly before the robbery in the company of a black male approximately 50 years old. That man is described as 6' to 6'2", medium build, wearing a dark business suit and brimmed hat with gray/black hair worn in a ponytail. Police are searching for the man for questioning.
   Baker had a bail hearing last Thursday. He is being held on investigation of robbery. Nizzi said that there was "nothing in [Baker's] background that shows a pattern of this type behavior," although Nizzi wouldn't comment on a criminal record.
   Nizzi said the money was still at large. "We have recovered no cash, and Baker declined an interview on the advice of counsel."
   Nizzi said that bank robberies were on the rise in Bothell. "We're getting more and more," he said, explaining that Bothell was averaging three to four a year. He said Bothell was no longer an isolated community, and the close proximity to I-405 and three state highways was leading to increased crime. The U.S. Bank in downtown Bothell has been hit several times before, according to Nizzi.
   Anyone with information on the second male in this case is asked to contact the Bothell police at 486-1254.