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FBI arrests five suspects in Kirkland bank robbery, several other banks | Update

Five people suspected of robbing several banks in three states - including a Kirkland Wells Fargo Bank last December - were arrested on federal bank robbery charges Thursday.

Five people suspected of robbing several banks in three states - including a Kirkland Wells Fargo Bank last December - were arrested on federal bank robbery charges Thursday.

Tacoma resident Anthony V. Mosley, 46, and five California residents - Kevin L. Brown, 38; Curtis W. Smith, 22; Douglas L. Smith, 22; Jeanine M. Daniels, 32  - are believed to be responsible for the Kirkland Wells Fargo Bank robbery at 6615 132nd Ave. N.E. on Dec. 20, 2012.

That night, three men entered the bank wearing loose clothing and a face cover. Two suspects jumped over the teller counter and one stayed in the lobby as they stole approximately $32,000 in 90 seconds, according to the federal complaint documents. It was the suspects’ last robbery.

The FBI South Sound Gang Task Force initially arrested the suspects on state bank robbery charges on Dec. 22, 2012 after they tracked the suspects to a Greyhound bus station in Olympia. The group planned to board the bus that afternoon to make a trip to Los Angles, but never made it.

After the FBI alerted the bus station of the robbers’ descriptions, one employee called police to let them know “three black men and one black woman” had come to the bus station in search of tickets to Los Angeles, according to the documents, but the bus was full and they bought tickets for a later date. The FBI surrounded the area on Dec. 22, 2012 and after they saw Mosley and four other people exit his vehicle, officers arrested them.

Mosley’s criminal history reveals he was convicted of bank robbery in 1998, and one of his conspirators from the crime admitted to being in the Four-Tre Crips gang and told officers of the Four-Tre’s mode of operation for robberies, which includes jumping over teller counters, stealing vehicles for the getaway car and switching to a rented car afterward - similar to how the Kirkland robbery ensued, the documents continue.

An extensive investigation, which involved looking through Mosley’s cell phone, revealed he was responsible for stealing the Kirkland getaway vehicle, according to federal documents. The 1992 Chevrolet Astro van was reported stolen from the 7100 block of 45th Avenue South in south Seattle on Dec. 17, 2012.

However, Mosley’s wife told police it was Brown, Daniels, Curtis and Douglas who robbed the Kirkland bank.

Mosley’s friends would visit and stay at his residence in the Parkland, Tacoma area and, each time, his wife was “responsible for renting cars for them to use,” the documents state.

“The visitors were very particular about the kind of rental car they wanted and preferred vans and large SUVs,” stated the documents.

Although his wife was suspicious of these visits, she said she did not know what Mosley and his friends were up to. The two were recently married after meeting on the Internet and she does not have a criminal history.

During their December stay, when the Kirkland bank robbery took place, Mosley’s wife told officers Curtis and Douglas had been staying in a particular room where officers found a pillowcase, which matched the description of a pillowcase used in the Kirkland robbery to collect money.

When Brown was arrested, about $400 was found in his pocket and $7,000 was discovered in his backpack. Brown and Daniels, who are married, were both convicted in a Colorado federal court for a string of bank robberies in 2008. The mode of operation from those robberies matches the Four-Tre Crips’ mode of operation. In addition, Brown has a “43” tattooed on the back of his neck, a symbol of the gang, the documents continue.

Daniels originally gave officers a wrong name when she was arrested. When police searched her purse, several socks filled with $5,000 in cash were discovered. She is believed to be the driver in the Kirkland getaway vehicle.

During Curtis’s pat down, police discovered a pocket knife and $2,500 in the front of his pants. Curtis, who has gang tattoos on his face and neck, told police he was a member of the Ruthless Thirties Bloods street gang. Curtis is a convicted felon and also revealed he had stabbed a person while in prison and received solitary confinement as punishment, according to documents. Curtis claimed he does not know the people he was arrested with and that he had the large amount of money because “he had come to Washington to sell information on how to make methamphetamine,” the documents continue.

Douglas, presumed to be Curtis’s cousin, is also a convicted felon out of California. He was arrested with $4,000 on him, but claims he “found the money on the street.”

Investigators are searching for two other suspects from California: Charles A. Williams, 39, and Janalisa Estrada, 33, on an arrest warrant.

Not only are the seven suspects connected to the Kirkland bank robbery, but the Task Force believes they robbed a US Bank branch in Lakewood, a Wells Fargo branch in Seattle and a Federal Way Washington Federal Bank. The group was also allegedly involved in at least 10 bank robberies in Michigan in 2011-2012 and one Ohio bank robbery in 2012.

The five arrested suspects had their initial court appearance at the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington on Thursday.

The Lakewood Police Department’s Gang Unit, the FBI Seattle Safe Streets Task Force and FBI offices in Ann Arbor, Toledo and Los Angeles joined forces in the investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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