Man wounded in Stanwood suspected in 4 bank robberies

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A man wounded by a sheriff's deputy after a bank robbery in Stanwood is also a suspect in three other bank holdups.

A search warrant obtained by The Daily Herald says 54-year-old Todd Richard Kirkpatrick of Anacortes is likely the "Phony Pony Bandit" who has hit banks in Bellingham, Mount Vernon and La Conner since July.

Kirkpatrick was wearing a black wig tied in a ponytail when he was shot multiple times by a deputy Sept. 25 as he fled the robbery at a Key Bank branch in Stanwood.

He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he was initially listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit. At his request, the hospital is not listing his current condition.

Officers have confirmed the robber had a gun on him during the robbery and they are still investigating whether the robber fired any shots. Neither the officer nor anyone in the bank were hurt.

Kirkpatrick has not been booked or charged.

The Herald reports Kirkpatrick was a developer who bought waterfront property in Anacortes a decade ago and has had financial and legal problems in recent years.
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