Bold, bungling bank robber surrenders in Silverdale

The bold, but apparently careless bank robber who held up the Key Bank on Silverdale Way at knifepoint at about 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, turned himself into police Wednesday night.

Jesse Green, 22, Silverdale, was arrested for first degree armed robbery at his father’s residence on Silverdale Way after spending a footloose night in Seattle.

Green is charged with robbing the bank at knifepoint. He then made a sloppy getaway on foot. Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office detectives knew his identity after finding a backpack with his name on it. Green had allegedly discarded the backpack behind the Silverdale Water District Building at Linder Way and Carlton Street, according to Mike Davis, KCSO chief of detectives.

Green had run south from the bank along the fence line of Paul Linder fastpitch fields, to the Water District Building and into Old Town Silverdale.

Jim Ferguson, a siding contractor from Seabeck thinks he saw the robber.

“He was just kind of loping,” Ferguson said. “He didn’t look like he was used to running. He looked like a guy in college, who wasn’t too smart, but still playing football.”

Ferguson said the suspect carried something under his left arm. When Ferguson heard sirens, he drove to the bank, because he had a “feeling” something was wrong.

“If he was a good bank robber, he wouldn’t be running like that out in the open street,” Ferguson said.

According to reports, Green, got away with more than $3,000 during the robbery. Police had a full and accurate description of Green to work with. He was described as white, heavy set, 6 feet tall, wearing blue jeans and black shoes.

Deputies converged on the scene with about a dozen vehicles and canine officer “Andor” with handler Deputy Jon Hytinen and trailed by Deputy Dave Fortenbacher.

The dog searched near the Water District, across Washington Avenue and alongside Strawberry Creek behind the Yacht Club Broiler building. The tide was at an extremely low ebb. Andor walked onto the tide flat, backtracked and later was seen searching near Lowell Street across the street from the Silverdale branch of the Kitsap Regional Library.

According to Mike Davis, after Green returned from Seattle Wednesday morning, after talking with his father, he decided to turn himself in.

Deputies went to his house at about 8 p.m. and arrested him.

“It was just good police work,” said Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer, Thursday. “We are not the sleeply little community we used to be.”

Boyer said Green was “remorseful” after his arrest and expressed regret at scaring a teller at knifepoint.

However, during his one night in Seattle, Green apparently didn’t have as much remorse.

“He was just giving it away and spending it,” Boyer said of the stolen money .

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