UPDATE: Suspect taken into custody after three-hour standoff

Man attempts to rob First Indy bank branch

By John Branton and Craig Brown

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photoA law enforcement robot enters a home at 3311 E. 21st Street in Vancouver, looking for a bank robbery suspect, Friday.

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photoA suspect in a bank robbery is taken into custody after a 3 hour long standoff at 3311 E. 21st Street in Vancouver, Friday.

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It was a wannabe bank robber’s worst nightmare.

You walk into the First Independent Bank branch at 3301 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. and hand a teller a note demanding money.

Then you panic and leave without getting any cash.

You run to the nearby Lexington Court apartments not far away in the 3300 block of East 21st Street and enter one.

And, at the same time, Vancouver Police Department officers in patrol cars are crisscrossing the area — and they figure out where you are hiding.

It gets worse. You’d wake up sweating after what happened next.

Police call out several heavily armed on-duty members of the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT Team, and a tracking dog named Dash.

When the SWAT officers go in, Dash bites you and you’re quickly cuffed and stuffed in the Clark County Jail.

That’s what happened to Vancouver resident Randy Wayne Bunch beginning about 10:50 a.m. Friday, officials said.

On Friday night, Bunch, 36, was being held without bail in the Clark County Jail on suspicion of second-degree robbery and second-degree burglary, a jail officer said. Bunch will appear in court Monday morning.

The several-hour standoff with Bunch ended at 2:40 p.m. Friday.

Bank employees had described the robber as a white man in his 20s, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds. He wore an oversized white shirt with a sports shirt underneath, and baggy khaki pants.

No weapon was seen, according to emergency radio reports monitored at The Columbian.

As the robber left the bank, he seen driving a red or dark red Ford Escort.

Moments later, a similar vehicle was stopped near the intersection of Laurel and 18th streets. An officer called for backup units at the intersection. The suspect was tracked to the apartment house.

Craig Brown and Paul Suarez contributed to this report.