Observer staff report
NASELLE — A woman robbed the Naselle branch of Bank of the Pacific at 3:50 p.m. on Monday and assaulted two tellers before making off on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office said Monday evening.
“Tons of leads, none positive but I’m confident one will lead us to the suspect,” Sheriff Scott Johnson said at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The robber entered the branch at 309 Knappton Road and attempted to distract employees while passing a robbery note to a teller, the sheriff’s office said.
“The subject climbed over a barrier and forcefully attempted to gain access to cash while physically assaulting two tellers,” the sheriff’s office said on Facebook. “The female suspect is described as heavy set, dark hair in a bun, wearing a blue shirt, black sweater, baggy pants, and was approximately 30-35 years old. The suspect left the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.”
The Naselle bank will reopen starting Wednesday morning. “We appreciate the concern and support shown to our Naselle branch staff members since yesterday’s event,” said Eric Bjella, bank vice president and marketing manager. “We are very grateful that everyone is safe and that no one was seriously physically harmed.”
The bank is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Provide tips to Lt. Jim Bergstrom at 360-875-9397 or through 911.
The sheriff’s office is being assisted by the Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol and officers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.