King County prosecutors have filed bank robbery charges against a 37-year-old Shoreline man—nicknamed the Grim Reaper Bandit—after a teller recognized the man captured on security cameras during a April holdup as a regular customer at the bank.
Prosecutors allege Sean Patrick Hemmerle walked into the University Village Key Bank on April 20th, and handed a teller a note demanding money and implying he was armed. Court records say Hemmerle then fled the bank.
When bank staff reviewed surveillance footage of the incident with police, records say one teller recognized Hemmerle as a former employee of The Ram in University Village, who would often come to the bank to make deposits.
Police contacted the Ram and found out Hemmerle was fired in March, but was able to get other former co-workers to confirm that Hemmerle was in fact the suspect captured on videotape during the April robbery. Hemmerle’s ex-wife—who divorced Hemmerle in December—also helped police identify Hemmerle as the alleged bank robber.
Jail records indicate Hemmerle—who has previously been arrested in Pittsburgh and Baltimore on burglary and drugs charges—was booked into King County Jail on April 28th, where he is being held on $100,000 bail.