Alleged bank robber in drag killed by police after car crash, chase

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A suspected bank robber fled a crash scene Thursday morning.

SEATTLE — A man dressed in drag who crashed his car shortly after robbing a bank was shot and killed by police Thursday morning, the Seattle Police Department said.

According to police, the man pulled a knife and confronted police officers following an hourlong chase. At least four shots were fired by police around 11:30 a.m. near the in the 100 block of 39th Avenue East.

Seattle police said the man, wearing lots of makeup, women’s clothing and a brunette wig walked into a bank near East Madison Street and McGilvra Boulevard around 9:15 a.m. Thursday and demanded money from a teller. The man, carrying a rolling suitcase, then fled into a nearby silver sedan.

Ten minutes after the report of the bank robbery, police received a call that a silver Hyundai had crashed and flipped near the intersection of 39th Avenue and East John Street. The driver — believed to be the bank robbery suspect — fled from the scene of the crash.

Police said they found some the clothing used in the bank robbery near the crash.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5’7″ and 170 pounds. He is wearing lots of makeup, has a bandage on his nose and is wearing glasses.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


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  • Grizzly Ironbear

    So…he has a knife…and the officers have firearms. So…lets open fire and put multiple rounds in his chest right?!?!? Nevermind the fact that you could have shot him in the legs, NOT KILLING HIM, and still have justice served!

    • Shaun

      Murder by cop! all those cops with tazers and they shoot hiim 4 times! Bullshit! unless he came running at them trying to stab them he should of never been shoot! Those cops murederd him!

    • Kit

      The SPD isn't trained to shoot the legs. They shoot for the largest body mass. On TV, the police do things differently.

  • Joe

    There is a rule, pull a knife on a cop, you get shot; why because if you slice a jugular or stab a hear even on the operating table, you still can not be saved.