FBI seeks information on bank robber nicknamed the ‘Quick-Change Bandit’

Quick Change Bandit

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is seeking information about a bank robber nicknamed the “Quick-Change Bandit.”

The unidentified bank robber is believed to have robbed at least two different banks within an hour on Monday, August 18 and changed his clothes between the two robberies. This quick clothing change led to his nickname. Investigators believe he may have also robbed a bank on Saturday, August 16.

The subject may be a black male in his late 20s or early 30s, around 6’0” tall, and of stocky build. He threatened tellers during the robberies.

 

 

 

 

 

The subject is wanted for his alleged involvement in at least three bank robberies:

  • Saturday, August 16, 2014, approximately 12:30 p.m.—Chase Bank, on Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood, Washington
  • Monday, August 18, 2014, approximately 11:40 a.m.—Bank of America, on 104th Avenue SE, Kent, Washington
  • Monday, August 18, 2014, approximately 12:30 p.m.—Chase Bank on A Street SE, Auburn, Washington

Anyone with information as to the identity or whereabouts of the suspected robber should refrain from approaching him and is urged to contact law enforcement immediately.

Anyone with information that can help identify this individual is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information given leads to an arrest and charge of the person(s) involved.

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force (SSSTF) includes members from the FBI, Bellevue Police Department, Auburn Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office, and Seattle Police Department. The SSSTF is working with the Kent and Lakewood Police Departments to identify and apprehend this robber.

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Grays Harbor College offering ‘EDventure’ voyage on Lady Washington

Lady Washington at sunset

The EDventure with Grays Harbor College Continuing Education Department and Grays Harbor Historical Seaport begins on September 17th at the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, 500 N Custer Street, in Aberdeen.  Meet us at 9:30 am for a tour of this historical landmark, lunch, and a two hour cruise on the Lady Washington.  Perhaps we can convince the Captain to do a cannon salute.

Cost of the trip is $68.25, which includes cruise, tour, lunch, and snack.  Sign up today online at www.ghc.edu/ce or in-person at Whiteside Continuing Education Center, 418 E First Street, in Aberdeen.  Please contact Bethany Barnard at [email protected] or 360.533.9733 for further information.  Pre-registration is required.

Summit Pacific Medical Center mandates flu shots for employees

Summit Pacific Regional Medical Center

Elma, WA – Summit Pacific Medical Center has decided to require all staff to receive their flu shot this fall, and will begin letting new hires know that their employment with Summit Pacific is reliant on them receiving the vaccine. There are two opt out options available for those with allergies and religious objections. Both reasoning’s will need to be backed up with documentation from their primary care provider and/or their religious organization’s leader.

“Over 96% of our staff have already been receiving their flu shot,” Employee Health Nurse Vicki Cambern shared, “However, in line with our vision to be the national model for patient centered care, our goal has always been for our staff to be 100% compliant. We do not want anyone coming to Summit Pacific and contracting the flu from one of our employees, and we want to make sure our employees are protected and not getting sick because they are offering care to somebody with the flu.”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend all those over the age of 6 months receive their flu shots as soon as they are available, preferably by October (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm). Starting September 2nd, Summit Pacific Healthcare Clinic, Elma Family Medicine, and Mark Reed Healthcare Clinic will begin providing flu vaccines for their patients. To schedule an appointment to receive your flu shot at any one of the clinics, call 360-346-2222.

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Pacific County Deputies assist commercial gillnet vessel with engine failure

Mason County Sheriff's Office

South Bend, WA. – On August 25th at approximately 6:10 PM, the Sheriff’s Office received a request for assistance from the operator of a commercial gillnetting vessel that had experienced engine failure. The vessel was forced to anchor in Willapa Bay near Bay Center. Deputies responded from the South Bend area in the Sheriff’s Office patrol and search and rescue vessel to assist.

 

Deputies successfully provided safe passage and tow for the vessel and the operator back to the South Bend boat launch. Sheriff Scott Johnson stated, “I am very pleased with the quick response that our office was able to provide in this situation. We have been working very hard to increase our services to the public. Our marine services division is one example of a service that didn’t exist in years past. We recognize that our public’s safety is equally important on or within our waterways.”

 

Sheriff Johnson also added, “We are grateful for the positive support that we have received from the Board of County Commissioners, helping to aid us with jumpstarting the marine program”.