UPDATE, Dec. 20, 5 p.m.: The FBI released three blurry photos of an armed man who robbed the Juanita Village Wells Fargo branch Wednesday evening. FBI spokeswoman Ayn Sandalo Dietrich said the FBI Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is working with the Kirkland Police Department on the robbery. She said the robber was armed and issued a verbal threat to a teller.
A man armed with a handgun robbed the Juanita Branch of the Wells Fargo Bank in Kirkland Wednesday evening at about 5:30 p.m. and escaped on foot despite a search by a K-9 unit, Kirkland police are reporting.
A suspect described as a white male 30 to 40 years old wearing a black half-mask pulled up over his mouth and nose along with a blue hooded jacket entered the bank when several employees and customers were present, displayed a handgun and demanded money, according to a Kirkland Police Department press release.
No one was injured.
The man was reported to have blue eyes, light colored eyebrows, and carried a black bag. He is described as approximately 5-foot-10 with a thin build. He left on foot but could not be found.
Three different Kirkland Patch readers reported a heavy police presence in the area shortly after the robbery, and the Kirkland police press release said officers were on the scene in within 90 seconds of being called.
A K-9 unit was called in but could not locate the suspect, and the investigation continues
Kirkland Patch will update this story as details emerge.