BELLINGHAM - Bellingham police released a sketch of an armed bank robbery suspect Wednesday, Aug. 1, six days after he eluded police on a red mountain bike.
The man was wearing a dark bandana and wraparound sunglasses when he walked up to a teller at Banner Bank, 1414 12th St., and showed a semiautomatic handgun at 1:35 p.m. July 26, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young.
He got away with cash, but police declined to say how much. No shots were fired and nobody was hurt. The suspect rode away on a "newer" red mountain bike and was last seen westbound in the Harris Avenue area, Young said.
The composite sketch released Wednesday depicts a man seen outside the bank just before the robbery.
A bike, suspected to have been used in the robbery, was recovered by police a day later in some nearby bushes.
Last week police released a security camera image from the bank. It shows the suspect near the front exit of the bank, holding what appears to be a gun in his left hand.
Witnesses thought he was in his 30s and about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10. He had curly hair and a long black ponytail, but it could have been a wig. He wore black athletic shoes, a distinctive 3/4-sleeve baseball T-shirt and a dark blue baseball cap. The security photo also shows him wearing white gloves.
Anybody with tips should call 911 or Bellingham Police Detective Gina Crosswhite at 360-778-8835.
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