Enumclaw man charged in KeyBank robbery

King County prosecutors on Friday charged a 20-year-old Enumclaw man with first-degree robbery in connection with a heist at KeyBank at 15 Auburn Ave. on Wednesday morning.

Kevin Terrell Peterson, whom court records list as a transient, is being held on $20,000 bail at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, according to Ian Goodhew, a spokesman for the King County Prosecutor's office. Arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 20.

According to court records, Peterson walked into the bank three blocks west of the Auburn police station about 11:30 a.m., wearing a red ballcap, black sweatshirt and sunglasses. When an employee asked Peterson to take off the sunglasses, court records say, he replied that his eyes were sensitive to light and he had to keep the glasses on.

According to court records, Peterson handed the merchant teller a note on a bank envelope advising her to "cooperate and you won't get hurt." According to court records, the teller pulled money — including bait money — from a drawer and handed it to Peterson, who left.

Auburn police were on the scene within two minutes. Within 10 minutes of the alarm, court records say, police found Peterson, who matched the robber's physical description, minus the ballcap, sweatshirt and sunglasses, at the bus stop at B Street and First Street. When officers tried to contact him, according to court records, he fled, with police in pursuit. Officers caught and detained Peterson in the parking lot of the Bank of America in the 300 block between East Main and First Street. An employee and a witness identified him as the person who had robbed the bank, court records say, and police took him into custody.

According to court records, police found the money and the bait money, still in the bank envelope, hidden in the crotch area of Peterson's pants while he was en route to the police station. They found the cap and glass in a trash can on East Main Street near the Home Plate Tavern and the sweatshirt in some nearby bushes.

Peterson admitted to detectives that he had robbed the bank, according to the report. He said the robbery wasn't his idea, but he wouldn't say whose idea it was. He said he owed a large debt and was afraid, according to court records.

Peterson has prior convictions for assault, shoplifting, obstructing police and negligent driving.

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