Armed robber hits Fall City

The Fall City branch of the Sno Falls Credit Union, located at

4219 Preston-Fall City Road S.E., was the victim of a successful armed

robbery on Monday morning.

At about 9:50 a.m., an individual _ described as a white male in his

20s, wearing a black ski mask, gray sweats and maroon sweatshirt _ entered

the office, brandished a small-caliber handgun, and departed with an

unannounced amount of cash. Neither of the credit union employees on duty

at the time were injured.

"We got the call about 9:51," commented King County Sheriff's

Deputy John Urquhart. "He left on foot. We searched but never found him."

Urquhart added the case has been turned over to the FBI for further

investigation. The FBI regularly assumes responsibility for armed

robberies from financial institutions.

According to credit union president and CEO Linda Larion,

the names of the two employees who were involved are being withheld for

the time being. "Our main concern is for their safety," she stated.

"This has never happened to the credit union before," Larion

continued. "We have security systems, including video cameras, and we

turned everything over to them. They'll be looking at that."

Larion was thankful neither of the credit union employees were hurt,

although obviously they were quite rattled from the experience. She

did compliment the response by the deputies, saying, "They did a great

job. Their response time was great."

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