Washington bank robber arrested after 5 years on the lam
SEATTLE -- A convicted bank robber, last seen trying to ram his car into a Washington State Patrol trooper at a Bellevue park-and-ride, was finally arrested Monday in Oregon after nearly five years on the lam, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
In August 2009, 45-year-old Bradley Robinett was released from an Arizona prison after serving five years for bank robbery and put on a bus to Seattle, where he was to report to a halfway house within 48 hours. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, he never showed up, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
The following month, Robinett led Bainbridge Police Department officers on a high-speed chase, eventually escaping on foot, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He reportedly left behind a pistol and ballistic vest stolen from the Seattle Police Department years earlier.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Robinett was last seen driving a stolen car in November 2009 at a park-and-ride in Bellevue. He reportedly attempted to ram a Washington State Patrol trooper before once again escaping.
On Monday, police in Hillsboro, Ore., picked Robinett up in yet another stolen car in a Fred Meyer parking lot, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
In addition to the bank robbery conviction, Robinett has prior convictions for possession of stolen property, unlawful possession of a machine gun, car theft and burglary.