The suspected bank robber fled the scene, but Lakewood police were outside his front door in less than two hours.
It turns out a patrol officer recognized the man in a surveillance photo of the holdup and remembered his address from a domestic violence call in January.
Lakewood police gave this account:
The robbery occurred about 2:30 p.m. Monday at the KeyBank branch in the 10400 block of Gravelly Lake Drive Southwest.
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The robber handed a note to a teller, took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled in a Toyota Camry.
Surveillance cameras captured clear images of the robber, and they were distributed throughout the department.
After a patrol officer recognized the alleged bank robber, a sergeant went by the man’s home address and saw a Toyota Camry through a partially open garage door. It matched the description of the getaway car in the holdup.
As officers moved to surround the home, the man was spotted in a nearby yard, apparently trying to escape. He was taken into custody.
Money from the bank was found in his pocket, police said.
On Tuesday, the man was arraigned in Pierce County Superior Court on one charge of first-degree robbery, and his bail was set at $200,000.
Staff writer Kenny Ocker contributed to this report.
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