Accused coffee stand robber nicknamed ‘Brer Rabbit Bandit’ charged after WMW viewers identify him

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In court: Accused armed robber, Eric Bryand


In court: Accused armed robber, Eric Bryand


FUGITIVE CAPTURED December 17, 2014 —
Snohomish County Prosecutors have charged Eric Bryand from Camano Island with Second Degree robbery for holding up Coastal Vie Espresso in Stanwood on July 1st.

He was identified by Washington’s Most Wanted viewer tips to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound after we aired surveillance video of him inside a nearby QFC.

Court documents show Bryand confessed to Snohomish County Det. Johan Kingsberry when questioned about the robbery at the espresso stand and said he did it because of a “very bad heroin addiction.” He said he did not have a weapon even though he wrote that he did on the demand note he gave the barista.

Bryand’s criminal history shows no felonies but he does have nine misdemeanors including Criminal Solicitation, Fourth Degree Assault-Domestic Violence and 3 convictions for violating a no contact order in 2013.


Detectives in Stanwood are calling this next crook the “Brer Rabbit Bandit” because just like the old trickster bunny, he pulled a fast one to try to throw police off his scent.

The Snohomish County bedroom community of Stanwood doesn’t get a lot of crime…and they like it that way….that’s why detectives are eager to get this thief identified.

“I think he poses an imminent threat to the safety of not only our community in Stanwood but other communities as well that have these espresso stands,” Det. Johan Kingsberry with Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Detective Kingsberry says the robbery happened on July 1st at about 1:30 in the afternoon in the Viking Village Shopping Center. The suspect gave the barista a brown paper bag.

“Said give me all your money, I have a weapon.”

He wanted all the money…she gave it to him…what he did next is why investigators have named him the brer rabbit bandit.

“It was actually a witness who observed him go into the bushes, right there, kind of a blackberry bush open area, couple of minutes later, he comes out dressed differently.”

Detectives Kingsberry was able to recover the suspect’s clothing and tracked him to a nearby QFC Grocery store where surveillance captured images of him.

“I believe 100 percent that somebody knows this guy, probably sitting next to him in a bar or sitting next to him on a bus.  He does have kind of a distinctive tattoo on his arm, his left arm. it was described by a witness as kind of a sleeve type tattoo with tribal art.  I’m hoping that the person who recognizes him, knows him, would be willing to come forward.”

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