Police arrest lone woman in Silverdale bank bomb threat

Sheriff's deputies escort the female suspect at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday after she attempted to rob KeyBank on Silverdale Way earlier in the afternoon.
— image credit: Greg Skinner

Shortly after 2:30 p.m. today a lone woman walked into the Silverdale Key Bank threatening she had a bomb.

Not long after Kitsap County Sheriff's SWAT and bomb squads arrived and shut down Silverdale Way.

While no confirmation has yet come from police saying that it was a bank robbery, or that a real bomb was involved, several sheriff's deputies on scene pushed the public back saying that there was a bomb threat. On said that the "blast radius" was a concern — if a bomb were involved, glass could shatter a far distance.

Shortly before 4 p.m. a deputy said that employees of the bank were let out and that there was one female suspect remaining in the bank.

Reports from witnesses listening to pocket scanners and smartphone scanners said that a woman walked into the bank with a bomb.

Around 4 p.m., police left the bank, with the suspect, through the rear doors and for a moment pinned her to the ground with a shield before taking her into custody.

No injuries were reported. The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office has not returned multiple phone calls seeking additional information.

The Seattle Times sourced Kitsap County Sheriff Deputy Scott Wilson saying that the suspect was 54 years old and lived in Bremerton.

Following the the suspect's capture, a bomb technician entered and left the bank several times before police began to slowly return the busy commercial corridor to normal.

A group of pet shop employees at Naturally 4 Paws said that as police began to fill the strip mall parking lot authorities entered the store, caring AR-15 rifles and warned them to get away from the windows.

"They were worried about shrapnel," employee Matt Hornburg said

From a safe room in the back of the pet store, Hornburg said he was able to find about what was going directly across the street by Facebooking on his smartphone.

Nino Bokuku, 37, said he got off work at the Olive Garden at 3 p.m. and traffic was backed up on Randall Way. He parked his car in the parking lot of Grocery Outlet, across the street from KeyBank, and was later told by a sheriff's deputy to move his car further away.

"He told me the area needed to be cleared. It's surprising to me that something like this would happen in the middle of the day," Bokuku said.

Nearby businesses evacuated or closed for the day.

Sharon Turner, 59, who had intended to go shopping at Grocery Outlet thought that there was a car wreck that had caused all the traffic backup.

"You never think nothing like this would happen," she said. "I've lived here all my life."


Reporter Kristin Okinaka contributed to this report.


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