By reporter Steven Smalley
The Seattle office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has confirmed to Magnolia Voice the arrest and imprisonment of an as yet unnamed person-of-interest in the bank robberies of People’s Bank, US Bank, and Bank of America this past December, January, and February.
With the arrest in Hayward, California of a suspect in a botched bank hold up in March, one of two twin brothers, and a former Magnolia resident, has pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery for that attempt. He is currently serving a nine-month jail sentence. The second twin, alleged to have assisted in the attempted robbery, was released for lack of enough evidence to convict.
Although the guilty plea in California is a matter of public record, the FBI says they are not naming their person-of-interest until the U.S. Attorney’s office brings charges against him for the Magnolia robberies. A decision could be forthcoming in a week or two, according to the FBI.
Magnolia Voice previously reported the story of a residential contractor who witnessed what turned out to be the suspect in the hold-up of Bank of America coming out of a portable toilet. Later, clothing, a mask, and toy pistol were found inside the facility. At the time, the contractor was the only person to see the true identity of the robber without his mask. Yesterday, Magnolia Voice showed the contractor the photograph of the person-of-interest obtained online. The contractor was able to say the man in the picture generally resembled the individual he briefly glimpsed the day of the stick up. At the time of the robbery he was described as a young man with dark hair.
Magnolia Voice has additionally confirmed the twin brothers lived here in Magnolia and attended Blaine School. It is believed their mother still resides in the neighborhood, according to sources.