Aberdeen Police, working with Hoquiam investigators have a suspect in the Monday bank robbery of Twin Star Credit Union, and they say their suspect, identified as Jay Randall Gladden, is the same suspect in the robbery Saturday of Huckleberry's Espresso stand.
Aberdeen Police Captain John Green tells us a search warrant was executed overnight at Gladden's apartment, less than a block from the credit union in Hoquiam, 29 year old Gladden remains at large, described as 5'11" 145 pounds.
Police say evidence at the scene suggest he may have changed his appearance and now appear clean shaven.
Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said from the command center at the scene yesterday "He dropped money at the door, as well as across the parking lot. We located some clothing in a carport a couple houses over where he changed out of the clothes that he was wearing, he also dropped some more money in that area."
Myers said at about 10:50 Monday morning a white male entered the branch in the 300 block of Ontario "walked up to a teller, presented a note demanding money, fled the branch and hopped a fence fled Westbound down the alley."
Hoquiam and Aberdeen officers immediately responded to the area to set up containment to search for the suspect. Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s deputies also responded to assist. A canine track was attempted with the Hoquiam canine already on-duty without success.
In searching the area, officers located cash along the route the suspect fled- presumably dropped by the suspect. Officers also located discarded belongings and cash in a nearby carport where the suspect shed the clothing worn during the robbery.
The credit union was able to produce clear digital video of the suspect. No one was injured during the robbery; the branch chose to remain closed the rest of the day.
Six blocks down Simpson Avenue, police investigating the Saturday robbery of Huckleberry's espresso stand say that the man looks like the same person on the credit union video.
Gladden should be considered armed and dangerous, Aberdeen, and Hoquiam Police are advising the public not to approach Gladden if spotted call 911.
Anyone with information on either case is asked to call 533-4450 for Aberdeen's tip line, or 532-0892 extension 102 for Hoquiam Police.