FBI investigates Moses Lake bank robbery claims

KREM 2's Lindsay Nadrich has the story

MOSES LAKE, Wash. --- The FBI and the Moses Lake Police Department are investigating claims from the woman who went inside a bank with a device duct taped to her.

On Friday, a woman walked inside the Moses Lake Horizon Credit Union and said she had been abducted and was forced to demand money from the bank.

The Moses Lake Police Department told KREM 2, the agents with the FBI evidence collection team are processing the car the woman drove to the bank in.

Police said the woman went inside the bank alone, but the woman told officers the kidnapper was waiting in her car.


“All indications are that she entered the bank by herself, however, the allegation is that subjects were in her vehicle at the time that she arrived at the bank and so that is part of the reason why we are processing the vehicle as closely as we are, as detailed as we are,” said Captain Dave Sands of the Moses Lake Police Department.

Detectives spent the weekend trying to verify the allegations made by the woman who claimed she was forced to go into the bank.

“There is a lot of information that needs to be rundown, if what she is saying is true, certainly it would appear that she would be a victim or witness in this case,” said Sands.

The woman was not arrested and is cooperating with the investigation.

“We have a pretty clear picture of what happened inside the bank from witnesses that were on scene.” said Sands. “The officers as part of their follow up are trying to locate video from the neighborhoods where the alleged abduction took place as well as any of the main streets surrounding it,” he added.

A forensics team is looking over her car to see if they can identify her alleged kidnappers.

Moses Lake does not have a bomb squad, so they had to wait for bomb technicians to respond from the Tri-Cities and Spokane, to be certain the explosive device was not real.

However, they said they received information and photos from surveillance right away, that lead them to believe it was fake.

The investigation is ongoing.

KREM


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