The FBI South Sound Gang Task Force arrested five subjects Thursday that they believe are responsible for takeover-style bank robberies in Kirkland and other Puget Sound-area cities.
They're suspected in the Dec. 20 robbery of the Bridle Trails Wells Fargo branch in Kirkland.
The description of that robbery matches those in the other incidents: the subjects entered banks in groups, covered head-to-toe in loose clothing and gloves, and demanded money while jumping over teller counters, according to the FBI.
The task force arrested Anthony V. Mosley, 46, of Tacoma; and four residents of Los Angeles: Kevin L. Brown, 38; Curtis W. Smith, 22; Douglas L. Smith, 22; and Jeannie M. Daniels, 32. Per the arrest warrant, investigators are still pursuing two additional subjects, from Los Angeles: Charles A. Williams, 39, and Janalisa Estrada, 33.
According to the federal criminal complaint, the seven individuals conspired to commit the crime of bank robbery and committed at least three bank robberies in Washington state: on Sept. 6, 2012, a US Bank Branch in Lakewood; on Oc. 22, 2012, a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Seattle; and the Kirkland robbery on Dec. 20.
The FBI is investigating the possible connection between these subjects and additional bank robberies conducted with similar methods—a Sept. 13 robbery of a Washington Federal Bank in Federal Way; at least 10 bank robberies in Michigan committed between August 2011 and August 2012; and at least one bank robbery in Ohio in 2012.
FBI agents initially arrested the five subjects on Dec. 22 on state bank robbery charges as they prepared to board a Greyhound bus to Los Angeles. Investigators were waiting at the bus station, based on information that the group frequently traveled to Los Angeles by Greyhound bus within days of a bank robbery.
The defendants were set to make their initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
The case is being investigated by the FBI South Sound Gang Task Force in partnership with the Lakewood Police Department’s Gang Unit and the FBI Seattle Safe Streets Task Force. FBI entities nationwide collaborated in the investigation, including the Ann Arbor, Toledo, and Los Angeles offices.