A man is in custody on unrelated arrest warrants this evening after posting on social media that he planned to rob a bank. Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said that at 11 A.M. Tuesday, December 15, 2015, Hoquiam officers were alerted to a planned bank robbery in the 600 block of Simpson Avenue.
Through social media postings forwarded to the Cosmopolis Police Department, Hoquiam officers obtained information regarding a 42-year old male transient who had posted he was across the street from the bank at that moment and he intended to rob it.
The suspect indicated he was frustrated because he felt his family was not helping him and was going to rob the bank where he mother used to work.
Patrol officers and detectives immediately flooded the area in an attempt to locate the suspect while simultaneously requesting the bank go into lock-down. The branch manager confirmed the suspect’s mother was a former employee, therefore, the threat was heightened.
After searching the area for approximately ten minutes, officers received additional information the suspect was hiding near the Hoquiam Library because of all the police activity. A deputy sheriff assisting on the detail located a male hiding in the bushes outside of the library. When confronted by the deputy, the suspect attempted to run but was subdued by Hoquiam officers nearby. The Hoquiam Library is less than a block from the bank.
The suspect detained was identified as the man who had made the threats to rob the bank. He was found in possession of gloves and a knife.
During an interview with detectives, the suspect admitted making the statements but denied he intended to rob the bank as he had posted. Detectives also learned the suspect was on probation for a felony conviction out of Colorado and had a warrant for his arrest for failing to report for probation.
The suspect was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for attempted robbery in the first degree. He will also likely face an extradition hearing regarding the arrest warrant from Colorado.