Boy, 15, held in connection with string of "Buddy Bandits" bank robberies

Staff writerApril 21, 2014 

A 15-year-old boy suspected in a string of “Buddy Bandits” bank robberies across the state appeared in court Monday.

Pierce County Deputy Prosecutor Kevin Benton asked the judge to hold the teen on two counts of first-degree robbery until Wednesday, when he is scheduled to be arraigned.

The teen remains at Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center.

He is charged with three bank robberies in King County, court records indicate.

The two Pierce County charges being contemplated stem from an April 1 holdup at a Chase Bank branch in Tacoma and an April 7 robbery at a U.S. Bank branch at a Frederickson grocery store.

The teen allegedly admitted to being involved in both robberies but denied using a weapon, according to court documents.

Prosecutors have charged Vincent Thompson, 31; Jeffrey Black Jr., 27; and Robert Adams, 31, with the U.S. Bank robbery. Adams has not been arrested.

The group is accused of holding up nine banks in Tacoma, Frederickson, Kent, Renton, Des Moines and Spokane. More charges are expected.

They earned the name “Buddy Bandits” because they robbed the banks in pairs while the others waited outside.

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