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He escaped after allegedly robbing a bank 4 months ago. Police found him in jail Friday

Police released this security camera photo of a man suspected of robbing the Washington Federal Bank in Ferndale in September. Police have arrested a Sumas man on Friday.
Police released this security camera photo of a man suspected of robbing the Washington Federal Bank in Ferndale in September. Police have arrested a Sumas man on Friday. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Four months after a robbery took place at Washington Federal Bank in Ferndale, police said they have their man.

Cody Lee Pierce, 31, of Sumas, was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of first-degree robbery. He appeared in court Friday afternoon – formal charges are expected to be filed soon. He will be arraigned at 9 a.m. on Feb. 2.

Ferndale Police Lt. Matt Huffman said authorities saw the photos from the bank’s surveillance camera and recognized Pierce. A photographic lineup was done, and all three witnesses from the bank picked out Pierce.

Huffman said it took time to track Pierce down – police couldn’t find him until he was caught for a different charge. Pierce was in jail for an outstanding warrant from another agency at the time police interviewed him, Huffman said.

In mid-September, a man went into Washington Federal Bank just before closing time, slid a note across the counter that said it was a robbery and to not call police. He was handed less than a few hundred dollars from one of the tills.

No weapon was brandished at the time of the robbery, Huffman said, adding the suspect left on foot.

A perimeter was set up and several agencies assisted Ferndale police in searching for the suspect for two days. Photos from the bank’s surveillance camera were released to the public, but the suspect wasn’t found.

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Police released this security camera photo of a man suspected of robbing the Washington Federal Bank in Ferndale in September. Police have arrested a Sumas man on Friday. Ferndale Police Department Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Pierce has a lengthy criminal history, with prior felony convictions for eluding police, third-degree assault, multiple drug charges, possession of stolen property and first-degree theft, according to court records.

Denver Pratt: 360-715-2236, @DenverPratt

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