An alleged prolific Clark County robber dubbed the “Elmer Fudd” bandit because of his signature hunting clothes — including an earflap hat — made his first appearance in court Monday.
Superior Court Judge Rich Melnick set bail at $200,000 for the defendant, Daniel L. Teeples, 39, and his alleged getaway driver, Anne L. Bradley, 31, but ordered a second hearing Tuesday to establish what evidence there is against both Vancouver defendants.
Teeples stands accused of seven robberies in east Vancouver over the past two months, while Bradley is alleged to have been an accomplice to five.
Both defendants “waived” a probable cause report, meaning they agreed at their arrest that a police officer did not have to write a report outlining the evidence against them.
Considering the seriousness of the charges, though, Melnick asked the deputy prosecutor in court to explain the allegations.
Deputy Prosecutor Jeff McCarty said he didn’t have the reports with all the facts of the case.
The judge wanted to know what evidence supported holding the two defendants in jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery.
“Was there a weapon?” the judge asked. “Were there (demand) notes?”
McCarty said the case surfaced when Teeples and Bradley were caught by police Thursday evening fleeing the Bank of America branch at 13411 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. Police found money and a money tracker on them. During an interview with investigators, the two admitted to the other robberies, McCarty said.
Questioned again about a weapon, McCarty said he didn’t know. In response, the judge ordered the prosecutor’s office to submit a probable cause affidavit by Tuesday to be reviewed.
‘This is a mess’
The two defendants missed their first scheduled appearance on Friday because they were too sick from heroin withdrawals, a deputy prosecutor said. Another hearing, at which the defendants are scheduled to be arraigned, has been set for Friday.
“This is a mess,” said Melnick, a former deputy prosecutor.
The judge appointed attorney Jeffrey Barrar to represent Bradley and attorney George Marlton to represent Teeples.
Police have said Teeples was responsible for robberies in December and January east of Interstate 205 in Vancouver. The nickname came from the robber’s habit of wearing plaid shirts and a furry hat with ear flaps, similar to the Looney Tunes character Elmer Fudd, during the robberies.
In addition to the Thursday holdup, police have implicated Teeples in these robberies:
Dec. 16, US Bank at 16425 S.E. McGillivray Blvd.
Dec. 27, Key Bank at 13215 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.
Jan. 3, US Bank at 6407 N.E. 117th Ave.
Jan. 13, Bank of America at 3317 S.E. 192nd Ave.
Jan. 18, again at the McGillivray Blvd. US Bank.
Jan. 25, again at the Northeast 117th Avenue US Bank.
Teeples and Bradley remain in Clark County Jail.
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