Security video shows man trying to rob credit union in Hazel Dell; he changed his mind and fled

Tracking dog, witness indicate he ran to a car and escaped

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Detectives with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office are hoping someone will recognize security images of a man who allegedly tried to rob the Columbia Credit Union branch at 808 N.E. 98th Circle in Hazel Dell on Thursday afternoon.

The man walked into the building about 5:15 p.m., handed a note to a teller and said he wanted all the money, according to a sheriff’s bulletin.

Then, having displayed no weapon or implied he had one, he apparently changed his mind, grabbed the note and fled empty handed.

Several sheriff’s deputies rushed to the area. A tracking dog sniffed out a trail that stopped suddenly, indicating the robber jumped into a vehicle nearby.

A witness confirmed that theory, saying someone ran through some bushes and jumped into a car.

The would-be robber is described as white, dark-haired, in his 20s and 5 feet 11 inches tall. He wore a black hat, a camouflage jacket and had a back pack.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call 911 and ask to speak with Deputy Trenda.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.