ONLY ON KIRO 7: Witness recalls Seattle bank robbery

by: Henry Rosoff Updated:

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SEATTLE, Wash. - KIRO 7 got to the scene of a bank robbery on Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood at the same time police did Wednesday morning.

As police rushed around investigating the scene at the Wells Fargo Bank off Queen Anne Avenue North, Cristine Harris approached them.  “I was just getting cash out when the guy came up next to me,” Harris said.

After she was done talking to police, she spoke with KIRO 7. “He pulled out a crumpled up piece of paper and handed it to the guy and said I want to cash this check,” Harris said.  “Then the guy just grabbed this huge stack of cash and handed it over to him.”

She described the suspect as a white man with natural red hair, scruffy facial hair and no visible tattoos.  Harris said he walked in wearing a trench coat and she immediately had a bad feeling about him.

Harris saw no weapon and did not know if the note mentioned one.

“It was super creepy,” she said, adding:  “I’m not having a good morning!”

Scott Boetjer, who banks with the Wells Fargo branch, was one of several people who said the bank was robbed about a month ago.

“There was a robbery here in broad daylight at the bank,” he said.

Late Wednesday, the Seattle office of the FBI released surveillance pictures and a description of the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white male,  20-30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, thin build with auburn or red hair.