Crime

Man robs U.S. Bank branch in Puyallup; third holdup in 4 months

An unidentified man robbed the U.S. Bank on Puyallup’s South Hill on Thursday. Puyallup police are seeking the man.
An unidentified man robbed the U.S. Bank on Puyallup’s South Hill on Thursday. Puyallup police are seeking the man. Courtesy

A man robbed the U.S. Bank branch on Puyallup’s South Hill on Thursday and fled before police could detain him, police spokesman Scott Engle said.

This is the third time the bank branch has been robbed in the past four months.

Said Engle: “I have no idea why that bank is robbed. All. The. Time.”

In Thursday’s holdup, the robber implied he had a weapon and demanded cash, which bank employees gave him, Engle said. He fled south along South Meridian from the branch at 222 39th Ave. SW about 3:05 p.m.

After setting up a perimeter, police brought a K-9 unit to search for the robber but were unsuccessful, Engle said.

The man is about 5 feet 7 and wore a brown leather jacket, dark pants, a backwards ball cap and black glasses.

Anyone with information about the robbery or who recognizes the man from the surveillance images was asked to call 911.

In the earlier robberies, a man held up the branch April 4 after having been arrested years before for robbing the same branch, police said. On May 16, a man armed with a pistol robbed the bank in a takeover-style heist.

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