Elma police have a person of interest in custody following the investigation of a bank robbery Thursday afternoon at Anchor Bank. Police Chief Susan Shultz said a man entered the branch at 216 South 3rd Street around 4:43 pm and aggressively pointed a hand gun at three bank tellers while demanding money. The man fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.
Shultz said the person of interest is being held on an unrelated warrant from the Department of Corrections out of Grays Harbor for violating his probation on a 1st degree Attempted Robbery charge.
Deputies with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office felt they had a good track with a K9 unit early in the investigation, Shultz said: “up until the point where it looks like the suspect took off on a vehicle.”
Shultz said investigators eventually did find clues in that area and combined with a tip were able to locate the current suspect in a neighbor’s backyard. That man is being held on investigation of this incident, and the outstanding warrant.
Deputies from the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office, Montesano, and Hoquiam Police, along with deputies from the Washington State Patrol, Fish and Wildlife, and State Parks departments responded to the Elma area to assist in trying to locate the suspect.
The FBI will be assisting in the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call the Elma Police Department at (360)482-3131.