On Tuesday, December 15 at sometime around 11am Hoquiam police officers were alerted to a planned bank robbery in the 600 block of Simpson Avenue. The Cosmopolis Police Department had forwarded the Hoquiam Officers a social media posting regarding the robbery. The social media post divulged the fact that the robber was a 42 year old transient, and across the street from the bank he intended to rob. The subject expressed in his post that he felt frustrated because his family was not helping him, and so decided to rob the bank that his mother formerly worked at.
Officers and detectives saturated the area that the robber had posted he was at in an attempt to locate the suspect. At the same time, the officers requested that the bank go into lock down. The officers searched the area for ten minutes before they received additional information on the suspect. The suspect was hiding near the Hoquiam Library due to the police activity, a deputy sheriff assisting on the detail found the male suspect to be hiding in the bushes outside the library. The suspect attempted to run and was quickly subdued by the officers.
The officers then identified the man as the one who made the threats to rob the bank, and found the man to be in possession of gloves and a knife. The suspect admitted to making the statements but denied that he intended to rob the bank. The officers learned that the suspect was on probation for a warrant in Colorado.
The suspect was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail, and will likely face and extradition hearing regarding the arrest warrant from Colorado.