Mount Vernon, WA – The Mount Vernon Police Department responded to a bank robbery at the Skagit State Bank located at 1301 Memorial Highway around 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017.
According to a press release from Lieutenant Greg Booth with the Mount Vernon Police Department, a 25-30 year old dark-skinned male entered the Skagit State Bank and demanded money from a teller. The suspect then left he bank with an undisclosed amount of money and was last seen walking through the parking lot to the Southwest of the Bank.
Mount Vernon Patrol Officers responded to the area and set up containment. A Mount Vernon Police Department K-9 and a Marysville Police Department K-9 both responded to the scene and conducted searches of the McLean Road and Edgewater Park areas. Clothing believed to belong to the suspect was located during the search. After several hours the decision was made to call off the search for the suspect due to safety hazards created by the rising floodwaters from the Skagit River.
Washington Elementary was placed on lockdown during the search as a safety precaution. Once the lockdown was lifted, Mount Vernon Officers assisted the school in releasing students at the end of the day.
Skagit Bank was temporarily closed while investigators processed the scene. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting investigators, s the bank is federally insured.
The suspect was described as being a Dark Skinned male between 25-30 years old. He was approximately 5’5″ tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing black gloves a black cowboy hat, Black thigh length coat, tan pants, light-colored button down shirt, gray and white running shoes.
Anyone with information on the Robbery that may assist the Mount Vernon Police Department with locating the suspect is encouraged to call Skagit 9-1-1’s non emergency number by dialing (360) 428-3211