Man charged in September bank robbery

Bradley W. Monical is accused of kidnapping and robbery in connection with the incident at a Banner Bank branch.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man who allegedly held up the Ninth Avenue branch of Banner Bank last September has been formally charged in Superior Court with first-degree robbery.

The charge against Bradley W. Monical, 40, was filed Monday. He also is accused of three counts of first-degree kidnapping for allegedly ordering tellers to get on the ground during the holdup.

Monical currently is being held in the Coos County Jail in Coquille, Ore. He was arrested this spring after a heist at a Coos Bay branch of Sterling Savings. Officials say he may have committed numerous bank robberies throughout the Northwest.

Monical was identified as a suspect in the Walla Walla robbery after DNA recovered from a cowboy hat and handlebars from a bicycle found a short distance away matched Monical's, according to police report filed in court.

Monical is suspected of entering the Banner Bank branch at 600 S. Ninth about 4:50 p.m. Sept. 4. He allegedly was armed with what appeared to be a large, black, semiautomatic handgun. He jumped up on the counter, threw cloth tote bags to tellers and told them to fill the bags with money, the police report says.

The robber fled with about $8,500.

Monical eventually will be transported from Coos County to the Walla Walla County Jail to face the local charges. A warrant was issued with bail set at $150,000.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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