Plateau man charged with bank robbery

King County prosecutors charged a 20-year-old Enumclaw man with first-degree robbery Friday in connection with an Aug. 5 heist at a KeyBank branch in Auburn.

Kevin Terrell Peterson, listed as a transient in court records, 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 cap, 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 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 cap, sweatshirt and sunglasses, at a nearby bus stop. 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 cash and the bait money, still in the bank envelope, hidden in Peterson’s pants while he was en route to the police station. They found the cap and glasses in a trash can on East Main Street 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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