WALLA WALLA -- A man suspected of holding up a local bank last fall has been arrested in Oregon.
The suspect, Bradley W. Monical, 40, is currently being held in Coos County Jail in Coquille, Ore. Police spokesman Tim Bennett said Monical was arrested following the April 29 robbery of a bank in Coos Bay, Ore.
The Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is expected to file charges within the next two weeks against Monical for the Sept. 4 robbery of the Banner Bank office at 600 N. Ninth Ave. He has been linked to the Walla Walla robbery through DNA recovered from items he left behind when the bank was robbed, Bennett said.
Monical is being held on a variety of charges related to the Coos Bay robbery and is considered a person of interest in numerous bank robberies through the Pacific Northwest. The investigation of those robberies is ongoing by numerous police agencies and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In the Walla Walla robbery, a lone gunman entered the branch with what appeared to be a large, black, semiautomatic handgun and demanded cash. Police said the man was wearing a black cowboy hat; short-sleeved, button-up dark shirt; white and black athletic shoes and had his face covered with a dark-colored bandana, During the robbery he reportedly jumped up on the counter and pointed the gun at the tellers, but did not fire any shots.
The suspect fled after a teller gave him an undisclosed amount of money. Detectives recovered an abandoned bicycle a short distance away that may have been ridden by the robber to and from the scene.
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