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Suspect in Robbery of Juanita Village Bank of America to be Released

Federal magistrate judge rules that Anthony Ray Shindler can be freed if we wears an ankle monitor and meets several conditions. He is likely to be released by this weekend and faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 23.

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.

GMJ August 12, 2011 at 06:56 AM
Yet another worthless, useless liberal judge putting the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding citizens at risk. Armed robbery with a stick? Maybe release the guy. Armed robbery with a handgun? Forget it.
colleen August 12, 2011 at 03:08 PM
Armed robber on Friday--arrested on Monday and out by the following Friday? Really? I guess committing armed robbery can be done in your spare time without too much upset to your daily schedule. Good to know.
bigyaz August 12, 2011 at 04:51 PM
GJM, colleen: Uh, he hasn't had a trial yet, but you want to lock him up and throw away the key. It's not as if he's being set free and won't face charges. It's pretty clear he's not a flight risk, so what's the point of spending thousands of dollars to keep him locked up? Once he gets his day in court we'll find out how the case plays out and, if he's found guilty, what his punishment is.
bill henkens August 12, 2011 at 07:51 PM
I was at the bank this morning .... His victims are very unhappy with this decision. I suppose we now are going to learn that the robber is a victim. Unbelievable.
Trent Latta August 13, 2011 at 03:15 AM
GMJ: You have no basis for concluding that, simply because the Magistrate reached the decision he did, that he is a "useless liberal judge." There are many (many) reasons why Courts reach the decisions they reach that are beyond the understanding of the lay non-lawyer. And Magistrates, like Magistrate Tsuchida, are selected by the collective body of Federal District Court judges and are generally regarded as outstanding legal scholars and fair-minded individuals.
GMJ August 13, 2011 at 06:05 AM
Trent, Did Mr.Tsuchida take an oath to protect and uphold the Constitution of the United States? If he did, he is guilty of failing to do his job. By being unyielding to the pathetic entreaties of defense attorneys when a case involves gun crime, he would be protecting your Second Amendment rights by demonstrating the consequences and seriousness of such a breach of law. To do as he did, it demonstrates a willingness to throw a constitutional amendment under the bus. Which of the other first ten amendments would you have him eviscerate; perhaps the 6th? I reiterate: he is a worthless, useless liberal judge.
Trent Latta August 13, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Anthony Ray Shindler committed a despicable crime and should be (and will be) held accountable for that crime. But it is a mistake to reinvent a story about Shindler’s wrongdoing into a story about a federal magistrate judge’s particular decision in Shindler’s case, especially without the proper understanding of criminal procedure. The Second Amendment protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. The Sixth Amendment confers several individual rights: the right to a speedy trial, the right to a public trial, the right to an impartial jury, the right of confrontation (i.e., cross-examination), the right to be informed of the nature of the accusation, the right to call favorable witnesses, the right to counsel, and the right to self-representation. Neither the Second Amendment, nor the Sixth Amendment, has anything to do with a federal magistrate’s (Tsuchida is not a judge, there is a significant difference) decision to release a suspect from custody on the condition that the suspect wear a GPS tracking device so his location will be known at all times. You’ve clearly subscribed to a Republican mantra that relies on sound bites (“liberal judges”) rather than actual facts. And your holding fast to a position without a proper basis for doing so, or even an adequate understanding of the subject matter, is an example of the way in which irresponsible decision-making has a detrimental affect on our political process.
Dave Kasold August 13, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Armed robbery! Bank workers along with surrounding businesses and neighbors seriously traumatized no doubt. Quite a bad choice was made! This risky behavior could have easily ended in tragedy... in so many ways, while this person was in the act of perpetrating the act and while fleeing the scene. It seems fair to conclude, judging by the judge's own set of conditions, that this individual needs a ton of help in his decision making process. Deciding to rob people at gunpoint is levels above deciding to flee before one's trial on the scale of bad choices. In the meantime the real risk to the public continues, due to the faith of one court officer that a person, who already decided to rob and threaten life and property of others somehow won't be capable of fleeing justice long enough to engage in other criminal activity. Assigning this decision to faith may be a leap too, but the judge did order a mental evaluation which indicates they themselves do not know what the individual is likely to do. The public has a right to expect that this individual be confined better given the nature of his alleged criminal actions until he receives his day in court. As a side note, I would add that the comments by Trent above look no different in assumptions than the ones he is berating as mindless and unfounded, and in fact they go a lot further. Hope he is not acting in the capacity of an impartial moderator here. It is clear he is not.
GMJ August 14, 2011 at 06:20 AM
OK, Trent, you say there are many, many reasons why courts (in this case represented by Mr. Tsuchida) make such decisions. You are a learned man in these matters; perhaps you can enlighten We The People with a few such reasons. Please explain how a man armed with a loaded handgun can rob a bank while being filmed full-in-the-face by security cameras and be freed within days and how Magistrate Tsuchida's decision to release him serves deterrence, justice or common sense. Also, if you would, please explain how a GPS ankle bracelet achieves a higher degree of public safety than incarceration until trial for an armed robber. While we're at it, if you would like me to expound on how irresponsible decision making by liberal judges (and magistrates) has had a detrimental effect on the health and wealth of law-abiding citizens, I would only be too happy to oblige. You're an attorney; go for it. You have the floor. And, sir, please don't mistake me for a Republican.
Trent Latta August 14, 2011 at 06:26 AM
Dave: What assumptions did I make in my prior comment?
Trent Latta August 14, 2011 at 07:05 AM
“explain how a man armed with a loaded handgun can rob a bank while being filmed full-in-the-face by security cameras and be freed within days and how Tsuchida's decision to release him serves deterrence, justice or common sense.” First, I don’t know how someone can rob a bank while being filmed by security cameras can be freed within days because that is not what has happened here. Shindler has not been freed. Second, Tsuchida's decision to release Shindler doesn’t serve deterrence, justice or common sense: Mr. Shindler has not been released; his being put to trial is what will serve deterrence, justice and common sense. “explain how a GPS ankle bracelet achieves a higher degree of public safety than incarceration until trial.” I never said it did. You said Tsuchida released Shindler. Shindler has not been released. You also equated this to a failure to uphold the Second and Sixth Amendments. I explained that neither these amendments apply to your comment. “And, sir, please don't mistake me for a Republican.” Regardless, my point remains: It’s a mistake to confuse a Magistrate’s decision to place a suspect under house arrest as opposed to incarceration, a decision that involves more variables than those known to us, with Shindler’s terrible crime. Your comment that Tsuchida is a “worthless, useless liberal judge” makes exactly that mistake. Shindler is the wrongdoer and will be brought to justice.
Dave Kasold August 14, 2011 at 04:24 PM
The frustration expressed by citizens over decisions we witness from the bench increasingly is perfectly understandable. The rule of law cannot be arbitrary. The jurisdiction of actual victims of crime is often ignored as if it is non-existent, while the violators rights are treated or weighted as more important. Every state and federal official is required to uphold the US Constitution. The primary purpose of the document is to establish a decentralized, limited system of government with enough power to protect the rights and property of all its citizens, including the bad ones. The victims here should get their say at the hearing so that they may exercise their "speaking to the law" or jurisdiction over the plan to essentially release someone who just violated their rights big time. The fact is there has been frequent activism in our courts, at all levels, that has eviscerated the tenets of the Constitution's separations of powers, by judges making law rather than interpreting it. As we know from basic civics education, this law-making responsibility lies wholly within the representative legislative branches. Our laws reflect the peoples will to keep dangerous individuals secured away from society until justice is served one way or another. With the tragic Lakewood police officers shooting murders we have a prime example of what can go wrong when our system does not work to do this.
ts September 02, 2011 at 09:36 PM
a google search of the guy's name reveals his facebook page. and.. wow, i guess he worked at the qfc where he was arrested?
Raymond September 14, 2011 at 04:07 AM
What happen to thiS man a man that had things goig for him now looking at time for robbing a bank this is a uncle I looked up to

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