Port Angeles police, FBI seek bank bandit

PORT ANGELES — Investigation continued Saturday into the robbery of the Frontier Bank in Port Angeles on Friday.

A man in a ski mask entered the bank at 1212 E. First St., at about 12:25 p.m., contacted a teller and left with an undisclosed amount of money, said the Port Angeles Police Department.

The FBI is assisting the Port Angeles police, who are the primary investigators, said Special Agent Fred Gutt of Seattle.

“We coordinate and track all bank robberies,” he said.

“Most of these bank robbers are not smart, but that does not mean they are not dangerous.”

The robber kept one hand inside his coat, but no weapon was displayed, and the man did not claim to have one, police said.

The robber is described as a clean-shaven white male, 35 to 40 years old, with reddish-blond hair and blue eyes.

He stands between 5-feet-8 inches-tall and 5-feet-10-inches-tall and weighs between 160 and 170 pounds.

A photograph of the robber may be released on Monday, Gutt said.

After taking the money, the robber ran west to Jones Street and left in a small white pickup truck, police said.

Packaged with the stolen money was a red dye pack that will cause “permanent and obvious bright red staining to anything it comes into contact with, including clothing, skin, hair, fabrics, plastics, paper and metal,” police said.

A bank employee phoned police after noticing a man putting on a ski mask while approaching the bank’s front door.

Five Port Angeles police patrol cars arrived at the scene during the next hour, including the department’s K-9 unit, which was not deployed.

Anybody with information about the robbery is asked to phone Port Angeles Detective Cpl. Jason Viada at 360-417-4959.

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