Police: Man robbed 8 banks with toy gun

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SEATTLE —

A man who targeted eight banks was caught in January, and court documents revealed that he used a toy gun during the spree.

 

According to police, Richard Marsh, who is also called the Jimmy Buffett Bandit, used his son’s Airsoft pistol in all eight robberies, and walked away with more than $30,000.

 

Court documents said Marsh’s ponytail was a disguise.

 

When Marsh was arrested in late January, he allegedly confessed, and told police he kept his fake ponytail in a shed behind his Pacific home.

 

Marsh has been charged with robbing eight banks from Lacey to Seattle between September to January, including a US Bank on 35th Avenue Northeast.

 

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Amy Clancy spoke with Alison Fiorito, who was in the bank the day it got robbed. She allegedly was robbed by Marsh of all her cash before the bank teller was held up.

 

“The gunman had his gun on me, so I gave him my wallet,” said Fiorito.

 

Even though she now knows Marsh allegedly carried a toy gun, it was still terrifying.

 

"In our minds, and in our reactions it was real, and was treated and processed for us as a real weapon," said Fiorito. “He was saying that he was going to take me as a hostage, and that’s when it got a little bit more frightening.”

 

According to court documents, Marsh allegedly robbed the banks because he lost his job and wanted to support his family. When he was out robbing, his wife thought he was working odd jobs.