CAPTURED: Grocery buy, bus card reload helps lead to identity, arrest of armed ‘Beer Hat Bandit’ bank robbery suspect

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FUGITIVE CAPTURED April 22, 2017 —
Lynnwood Police say a repeat bank robbery suspect we dubbed the ‘Beer Hat Bandit’ has been arrested after detectives figured out he’d reloaded an Orca bus card at a grocery station prior to the second robbery he’s suspected of.

Lynnwood Police say detectives tracked the Orca card to a bank card and subsequent search warrants identified Daniel Blake as the suspect. Detectives then did surveillance on a house, spotted Blake and arrested him without incident on Saturday and booked him into the Snohomish County Jail.

Lynnwood Police say Blake admitted to the robberies.

He’s charged with two counts of Robbery 1st Degree.

He’s being held in the Snohomish County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Lynnwood police say they have a repeat bank robber who needs to be stopped.

He wore a trucker-style hat with the Miller Lite beer logo on it when he hit the Chase Bank at 175th and Highway 99 on Tuesday — so we’re dubbing him the “Beer Hat Bandit.”

Detectives think he’s the same guy here who wore a black hoodie when he struck the same bank in early February.

In both he showed the teller a demand note, grabbed the cash, and took off.

Detectives say he's bold and getting more comfortable -- threatening he had a gun the first time, but not mentioning a weapon on Tuesday. "Obviously, we don't like anyone who comes up here and robs banks, but to hit the same branch twice in a couple of months, we need to get this guy off the streets and especially the concern that if he does have a weapon, we don't want anyone to get shot or injured,” said Lynnwood Police Det. William Koonce. “We have good facial shots of him, so I think people out there who know him will be able to recognize him and get a hold of us."

If you know his name, a $1,000 cash reward is yours.

Just call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or use the P3 Tips App to submit your information.


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