'Where's Waldo' bank robbery suspect arrested

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by KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 28 at 6:03 PM

PORTLAND – Police said the man suspected of robbing a U.S. Bank Monday and dubbed by investigators as the "Where's Waldo Bandit" has been arrested.

Police said Ryan Michael Homsley, 32, was captured in Aloha after a widespread manhunt and a tip.  He was booked into the Washington County Jail on a federal warrant and then moved to the Multnomah County Jail.

A person who lives in the neighborhood called police to report seeing two people inside a vacant home at Southwest 170th Avenue and Johnson Street in Aloha and when officers arrived, they recognized Homsley, according to Sgt. Bob Ray with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.  Ray said this was the tip that led to Homsley's capture just after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Homsley was believed to be the suspect who robbed a U.S. Bank on 410 Southwest Harrison Street just after 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Department.

Homsley was previously convicted in other bank robberies in 2010, including a bank holdup involving a bomb threat near Bridgeport Village. He was sentenced to 40 months and released last Tuesday. 

During those robberies, Homsley wore a striped sweater and glasses, similar to the star of the popular "Where's Waldo" series of children's books. This is what earned him the nickname "Where's Waldo Bandit" from police.

Background: Where's Waldo bank bandit suspect arrested 

On Monday, U.S. Bank employees told police the suspect used a demand note to obtain an undisclosed amount of money, then ran towards Portland State University.

Simpson said Homsley was also wanted for a Federal probation violation warrant. During the most recent robbery, he was wearing a dark sports coat and a white shirt.

Homsley was scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in Portland.

Anyone with information about the robbery near PSU was asked to contact Portland police.

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