The robber of a Bonney Lake bank picked a bad time to pull off the heist Tuesday.
On the other hand, a police officer inadvertently picked a good time to be on patrol near the bank.
They met up outside the bank as the robber was coming out.
“Great timing,” police spokesman Daron Wolschleger said.
Wearing a ski mask, the robber went into the Sound Credit Union at 18320 state Route 410 about 2:15 p.m., according to police.
He had a pistol in his waistband and took out the weapon several times during the robbery as he demanded cash, Wolschleger said.
The robber gave a teller a note to put in the window saying the bank was closed. Then he had the teller lock the doors to the building, Wolschleger said. He took off when the teller gave him the cash.
He didn’t make it out of the parking lot.
Bank employees had followed protocol to contact police during the robbery and an officer happened to be 40 yards away when he got the call.
“He was just on routine patrol and was just driving through a complex there right across the street,” Wolschleger said.
The officer confronted the robber as he left the bank, and within seconds about five other officers joined him.
They took the man to the ground, and East Pierce Fire & Rescue later treated him for a minor abrasion to his forehead as a result, Wolschleger said.
Officers then took the suspect to the Pierce County Jail to be booked on suspicion of robbery.