Bank Robbery In Downtown Spokane - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Spokane Police Catch Bank Robbery In Progress

SPOKANE, Wash. - On Tuesday at 1:25pm Spokane Police officers responded to a bank robbery at the Banner Bank, 802 W Riverside. Information given to SPD Radio Dispatch was that the suspect was still inside the bank, at a teller's window. 

Officers immediately responded to the area and Detective Paul Lebsock, wearing plain clothes, walked into the bank to confirm the suspect's location. Detective Lebsock held the suspect at gunpoint until other officers could come inside. Officers entered the bank and immediately took 31-year-old Shawn P. Hoffman into custody. 

Hoffman told officers and bank employees that there was a bomb inside the bank. Officers immediately evacuated bank personnel. Riverside Avenue between Lincoln and Wall was quickly closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic. 

Members of the Explosive Disposal Unit responded to sweep the building for any suspicious devices. EDU technicians, assisted by the US Marshall's bomb K9, were unable to locate any devices. 

Hoffman was booked into Spokane County Jail for 1st degree Robbery. 

FBI Resident Agent in Charge Frank Harrill complimented the Spokane Police Department for their quick response in preventing a bank robbery and an immediate apprehension of the suspect.

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KHQ.COM - The FBI tells KHQ that a lone man robbed the Banner Bank at 800 W. Riverside on Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say while the suspect was robbing the teller he presented a note that may have mentioned a bomb but the FBI says those details are still unclear.

A detective was able to enter the bank moments after the 911 call came in and arrested the suspect without incident. Afterwards the US Marshals Service brought in a K-9 unit to sweep the building for a bomb, nothing was found.

Riverside Ave. between Wall and Lincoln was blocked off for some time.

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