A man suspected of robbing a bank in Northgate was arrested on Saturday after officers tracked him to his apartment, right as he was flushing a tracking device.
At around 10:26 a.m. on May 21, Seattle police responded to a report of bank robbery in the 800 block of Northeast Northgate Way.
According to police, a man showed a letter demanding cash, claiming he was armed with a bomb.
The bank employee complied and gave the man cash and a tracking device.
Officers followed the tracking device to an apartment building in the 11000 block of Eighth Avenue North in Northgate, where they heard the ‘chirp’ of the device in a locked bathroom in the apartment lobby.
About ten minutes later, the man came out of the bathroom, where officers found wet money wedged between the toilet and the wall.
The man’s vehicle was found in the parking lot, with the clothing used during the robbery on the front seat. It was confirmed to be stolen.
The man confessed to the robbery, along with two other robberies, including one on Thursday. He also admitted to flushing the tracking device down the toilet.
Officers searched the man and found additional money belonging to the bank.
No explosives were found.
The man was arrested and booked into King County Jail for three bank robberies.