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Man reportedly armed with golf club and brick robs downtown Bellingham bank

Police arrest suspected bank robber in downtown Bellingham

Police arrested a suspected bank robber reportedly armed with a golf club and a brick at Washington Federal in downtown Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
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Police arrested a suspected bank robber reportedly armed with a golf club and a brick at Washington Federal in downtown Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

Bellingham Police responded to the report of bank robbery Wednesday morning at the Washington Federal on Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham, according to emergency scanner broadcasts.

According to emergency broadcasts at 11:25 a.m., the man, who was armed with a golf club and a brick, passed a note and said he did not want to hurt anybody. Early reports were that he was still in the bank along with the $500 he was given.

A follow-up broadcast at 11:29 a.m. said that police had one in custody and believe he was the only robber.

The man was described as being in his 40s and wearing a baseball hat and dark jacket, and emergency broadcasts reported that bank employees said they had the correct man.

According to the Bellingham Police log, the bank robbery is the city’s first since the WECU branch on Orleans Street was robbed Nov. 26, 2018. On Dec. 4, police arrested Crayton Santana Lawrence, who, according to Whatcom County Superior Court documents, in February pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and was sentenced to 36 months in prison and 18 months probation.

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.
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