The Anacortes man shot by police after a Stanwood robbery last month was an aspiring residential developer who suffered financial troubles in the past few years, county documents show.
He is believed to be the “Phony Pony Bandit,” connected with a recent Skagit State Bank robbery in Mount Vernon and attempted hold-up at the La Conner Washington Federal Bank. Investigators also are pinning him with two bank heists in Bellingham.
A Snohomish County search warrant identifies the man as 54-year-old Todd Richard Kirkpatrick. He is recovering from multiple officer-inflicted gunshot wounds at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Investigative records indicate that Kirkpatrick walked into the Stanwood Key Bank on 72nd Ave. Northwest about 10:30 a.m. Sept. 25 wearing a glossy black wig pulled into a pony tail, hence his moniker.
He pointed a small handgun at bank tellers and demanded unbundled money, according to the search warrant.
A Stanwood Police officer was performing a routine business check at the bank when he interrupted a robbery in progress.
The robber ran toward the nearby Haggen supermarket, where the officer ultimately shot him.
He was airlifted to Harborview for treatment of his injuries.
Recovered evidence from the shooting scene includes a long black wig fashioned into a pony tail, clothes matching those seen in surveillance footage and $5,850 in the front pocket of the Kirkpatrick’s blood-soaked jeans, reports say.
Detectives also found a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol with no magazine or ammunition. A radio scanner was attached to Kirkpatrick’s belt.
A bicycle was found in front of the main entry of the bank. The attempted robber in La Conner on Sept. 5 also arrived on a bicycle, but tellers noticed his suspicious behavior and locked him out before he could enter.
A detective later noticed a Honda Civic registered to a Joel Kirkpatrick parked about 100 yards away from the Key Bank. Officers found latex gloves and a list of police radio scanning websites inside.
Investigating officers have conferred with law enforcement in Mount Vernon and Bellingham and noticed striking similarities among their robberies. The Snohomish County incident report says it is “very probable” that Kirkpatrick committed all robberies.
The Mount Vernon Police Department has not yet publicly confirmed this suspicion.
The Mount Vernon Skagit State Bank lost $4,000 in its Sept. 7 hold-up. The same Banner Bank was hit twice in July and August.
Kirkpatrick and his wife acquired six lots on Marine Crest Place in Anacortes in 2005 and 2006 with the intention of developing a residential cul-de-sac with marine views, according to city and county records.
However, they lost all their holdings by 2011 and the property was never fully developed, according to sales records from the Skagit County Assessor’s Office.
Skagit County Superior Court judgments from 2010 and 2011 indicate Kirkpatrick was found in default to a credit card company and, on at least two occasions, to a debt-buying company. He was ordered to owe about $20,000 in debt between three decisions in those two years.
Though his criminal history includes several misdemeanor arrests, he has no felonies on his record.
Kirkpatrick has not been formally charged with a crime. Officials say any law enforcement action would wait until his release from the hospital.