This Renton bank robber wanted to go to jail


UPDATE FRIDAY: The woman who robbed the Key Bank is known to the Police Department because of prior contacts related to mental illness issues, according to Terri Vickers, a department spokeswoman. She said it appeared to the detective that the woman was suffering from a mental illness and that she robbed the bank in order to get treatment or to be in a perceived better environment (jail).  She was booked for felony investigation of robbery.

A 23-year-old Renton woman got her wish Tuesday afternoon - a trip to the jail.

The woman walked into the Key Bank in the Highlands at 4:22 p.m. and demanded money from a teller, according to Renton Police.

After taking the money, the woman told bank employees that she would wait outside for police. Officers found the woman and the bank’s manager waiting outside the building. Officers took the woman into custody without a struggle. She told detectives she robbed the bank in hopes to going to jail.

She will be booked for investigation of robbery; the case will be  to the King County Prosecuting Attorneys Office for a decision on charges. Police didn't specify a reason why she wanted to go to jail.

At about the same time, Renton Police officers set up a perimeter  in downtown Renton as they searched for a suspect in a robbery of a retail store downtown.

The perimeter included Rainier Avenue, Grady Way, Burnett Avenue and Airport Way, another other streets.

The search using K-9 units included railroad tracks near Rainier Avenue.

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