Source: 'Bob the Builder Bandit' suspect arrested was a three-striker with life sentence
SEATTLE - A suspect who police believe is the "Bob the Builder Bandit" for his construction outfit is behind bars.
Seattle police arrested the suspect in the Georgetown neighborhood on Wednesday morning.
A police source tells KOMO news the suspect's name is David Conyers and that he was facing a life sentence, but was put back on the streets thanks to a governor's commuted sentence.
Investigators said Conyers is linked to six grocery store and pharmacy robberies in Seattle in the past month.
“He had a penchant for wearing construction type clothes, including an orange hard hat,” said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb of Seattle Police Department.
In 1995, Conyers was convicted of holding up six Seattle convenience stores, and he was sentenced to life in prison under the state's three strikes law for violent criminals.
Records show Governor Jay Inslee commuted his sentence in 2015 following years of appeals.
Less than two years after getting out of prison, he's suspected of robbery again.
Police say the suspect robbed Pike Grocery nearly two weeks ago and said he had a gun but never showed one.
“He put his hands in his packet and made the gesture that he hand one,” said Eddie Davis a store employee.
At this point, Conyers has not been charged. Police are still interviewing witnesses.
At court hearing Thurday, bail was set for Conyers at $500,000.
The Governor's Office released a statement Thursday morning. It said, in part:
"We find this very disappointing but these are tough decisions and the governor stands behind his original commutation of the sentence. At the time the sentence was commuted, this individual served more than 20 years in prison and was the youngest three-striker in state history. The commutation had the full support of the sentencing judge and prosecutor. It is our understanding that Conyers was on a gradual release plan and currently on work release, meeting all his conditions. "
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg also released a statement:
“I supported clemency for Mr. Conyers because he served 20 years for a second-degree robbery conviction, and that was substantial punishment that did not warrant a life sentence. It’s unfortunate that it appears he did not take advantage of this opportunity.”