A federal magistrate judge ruled Thursday that a Bothell man arrested Monday in the of the Juanita Village Bank of America branch in Kirkland can be freed if he wears an ankle monitor and meets several conditions.
Anthony Ray Shindler was arrested Monday by the FBI and remains in federal detention in Seattle. However, Magistrate Judge Brian A. Tsuchida ruled during a detention hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Seattle that Schindler could be released conditionally.
Shindler’s court-appointed federal defender, Peter J. Avenia, said Shindler would likely be released Friday or Saturday after a GPS monitoring ankle device was set up.
He must also meet several other conditions, including that he submit to alcohol and DNA testing, not use controlled substances, that he attend a Gambler’s 12-step Program, not have any contact with potential witnesses or others involved in the robbery, maintain a residence and a job or seek employment, and undergo a mental health evaluation.
“I’m very happy the court was willing to release him on condition, and I think Mr. Schindler will do fine,” Avenia said. “I think the court was satisfied (it) could arrange conditions that would monitor Mr. Schindler’s activities and keep the community safe.”
Avenia declined specific comment about Shindler and his circumstances.
The bank at 11617 97th Lane N.E. was robbed on Friday, Aug. 5 at about 10 a.m. by a man using a silver handgun and wearing a baseball cap and dark glasses. The FBI that afternoon released surveillance camera images of the robber that were and by other media.
Shindler was arrested Monday morning without incident at the at 11224 N.E. 124th St. in Kirkland, according to the FBI. He made his initial appearance in the U.S. District Court for Western Washington in Seattle Tuesday afternoon.
Shindler must appear for a preliminary hearing in federal court on Aug. 23.