'Rabid Fan Bandit' suspect pleads not guilty

Staff writerMay 8, 2014 

A man accused of robbing eight banks and coaching teens on how to rob another eight pleaded not guilty Thursday in King County Superior Court.

King County prosecutors have charged Robert Adams, 31, with first-degree robbery for the spree that spanned three counties over two months.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged him with a holdup at a Tacoma bank but have said they plan to file additional charges.

Adams remains jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.

He earned the moniker “Rabid Fan Bandit” because he always wore caps featuring various sports teams during the robberies, which mostly took place at bank branches inside larger stores.

Prosecutors, who refer to Adams as the “mastermind” in charging documents, say he also coached two 15-year-old boys on how to carry out holdups at eight banks. The FBI dubbed that group “Buddy Bandits” because they robbed banks in pairs.

Adams allegedly served as the getaway driver for the Buddy Bandits and helped write notes demanding money from tellers for the younger alleged robbers, according to court records.

Two other men, Vincent Thompson, 31, and Jeff Black, 27, are also charge in the bank robbery ring.

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