TUALATIN, Ore. - Investigators have dubbed the suspect in Tuesday afternoon's Key Bank robbery and bomb scare the "Where's Waldo" bandit. Waldo is a character in a series of "Find Waldo" children's books where the goal, perhaps ironically in this case, was to find him wherever he was.
[Note that the bomb squad was called in, and determined by 3 p.m. that a box and backpack left at the scene did not contain explosives.]
An FBI spokesperson confirms that just before 1 p.m. Tuesday the man pictured above walked into the Key Bank branch at 7152 S.W. Hazelfern Road in the Tualatin area.
"He walked over to the table where you fill out deposit slips, etc.," reports the FBI spokesperson in a prepared statement Tuesday. "He was carrying a small box. He opened the box and pulled out what appeared to be a piece of paper. One of the three employees in the bank motioned him over to the main teller desk. He approached, demanded cash, threatened that he had an explosive device and walked out. There were no other customers in the bank at the time."
This is the Key Bank branch next to Bridgeport Village mall.
KEX Radio reported that the suspect may have left a "device" in the bank. The Metro Explosives Disposal Unit reported to the scene.
Tualatin Police evacuated the bank and surrounding businesses as of 2 p.m. As of 2:21 p.m. the Whole Foods store nearby also was not letting anyone into the store. However, some businesses across the street, including Bridgeport Village, remained open.
By 3 p.m. Tuesday the bomb squad had taken care of the "device" left outside the bank that matched a backpack carried by the suspect. That backpack which turned out to not contain any explosive. Instead, investigators say they found a "Where's Waldo"-style sweater just like the one pictured above.
Investigators believe the man was wearing a black T-shirt under the sweater. That T-shirt was not left at the scene.
The suspect is described as a white man who is 5-feet-8-inches tall with an average build. He has thick, short and dark hair and was wearing heavy-black-framed prescription glasses. He was wearing a loose sweater with alternating cream and brown stripes.
The Tualatin Police Department reopened all roads and lifted any evacuation of nearby businesses Tuesday afternoon.
UPDATE: FBI Agents and Tigard and Tualatin police have charged 29-year-old Ryan M. Homsley with one count of bank robbery related to this case.
Investigators filed the complaint in federal court on Wednesday, Sept. 22, charging Homsley with the robbery. Homsely has been identified as a Portland resident. However, he has yet to be apprehended.
The Oregon Financial Institutions Security Task Force is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Anyone with information as to Homsley's location is asked to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181, the Tigard Police Department at (503) 639-6168 or the Tualatin Police Department at (503) 691-4800.