Crime

Man robs Puyallup U.S. Bank at gunpoint

An unidentified man brandishes a gun during a Monday morning robbery of the U.S. Bank branch on Puyallup’s South Hill.
An unidentified man brandishes a gun during a Monday morning robbery of the U.S. Bank branch on Puyallup’s South Hill. Courtesy

A man with a handgun robbed a U.S. Bank branch on Puyallup’s South Hill on Monday, according to Puyallup police.

Officers were called at 9:25 a.m. to the branch at 222 39th Ave. SW and told the bank had been robbed at gunpoint and that the robber fled south.

The robber entered the bank and ordered everyone to the floor, then threatened and demanded money from the tellers, police said.

Officers and a K-9 unit searched for the robber but could not find him.

Police described the man as in his 50s, between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 10, with a slender-to-average build and a gray beard. He wore a tan hat, a dark jacket and blue jeans. His handgun was silver and black.

The same U.S. Bank branch was robbed six weeks ago. Police arrested Omaha Tony Tufono, 44, who had robbed the same branch before, in that crime. Tufono is still in custody.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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