'Rabid Fan Bandit' holds up Lakewood bank

Staff writerMarch 26, 2014 

Photo courtesy of the FBI.

A bank robber suspected in seven holdups since February struck in Lakewood Monday, according to the FBI.

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force, which is heading the investigation, dubbed him the ‘Rabid Fan Bandit’ because he wears caps featuring a different sports team at every robbery.

His latest holdup was of a Wells Fargo branch, 10225 Gravelly Lake Dr SW, Lakewood. He is suspected of robbing banks in Auburn, Covington, Renton and Spokane.

Police believe he may have also been involved in a Feb. 2 armed robbery at a Subway restaurant in Kent and a Feb. 27 theft at Coach Factory Outlet in Auburn.

Although he showed the cashier in Kent the butt of a handgun stuck in his waistband, FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich said he has not shown or implied a weapon during the bank robberies.

The robber continues to sport different caps though, including a gray knit Alabama Crimson Tide beanie, a black knit Seattle Seahawks beanie, a gray Miami Heat baseball hat, a black Boston Red Sox hat and a red baseball cap.

He usually wears gray clothing like a casual long-sleeved button-up shirt, loose-fitting athletic pants and a hooded sweatshirt. During the Lakewood bank robbery, he wore a red sweatshirt.

The robber, who is considered armed and dangerous, is black, in his early 30s and 6-foot-3 with a large build.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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