When the police showed up he was holding a black bag full of stolen money.
First he said somebody handed him the bag and ran off. Then he said he saw someone drop the bag on a street corner and run.
On Thursday, Pierce County prosecutors filed charges against the 39-year-old man, who’s accused of committing a takeover-style robbery at a South End Tacoma bank branch Wednesday.
Robert Revels III was arraigned on charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
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Charging documents gave this account:
The holdup at the U.S. Bank at 870 S. 38th St. occurred just before 1:25 p.m. when the masked robber entered the bank, pointed a gun at the security guard and ordered everyone to the floor.
“This is a real robbery,” the man yelled. “This is a real gun and I will use it.”
The bank manager told officers the robber pointed a gun at her as she led him into a teller area. He also yelled at the manager to hurry and threatened to take hostages.
The manager and tellers put cash into a black bag and the robber left.
Police tracked the robber to the 2600 block of East C Street and stopped Revels, whose description matched the robber. He offered his explanations for how he came to have the bag of stolen money.
Then a police dog went to a garbage can and found clothing consistent with what the robber wore and a loaded .40-caliber gun. A records check found the gun had been reported stolen.