30-year-old man charged with robbing Des Moines, Maple Valley banks

Pictures from the Maple Valley Bank of America of a suspect.  - Courtesy photo
Pictures from the Maple Valley Bank of America of a suspect.
— image credit: Courtesy photo

A 30-year-old Des Moines man has been charged by the King County Prosecutor's Office with two counts of first degree robbery for allegedly robbing banks in Maple Valley and Des Moines.

A third count of first degree robbery for the robbery of a bank in Kent is expected to be filed, according to the charging papers.

According to the charging papers, Bruce William Gorr, III, allegedly entered the Bank of America in Maple Valley Aug. 24 and handed a teller a note that read "Give me all that."

When the teller asked what he meant, he "nodded and pointed to the cash drawer."

The teller then complied with his demands and gave him a stack of cash from her drawer, along with a tracking device. The charging papers stated the teller called police after the defendant took $2,100 in cash and left.The King County Sheriff's deputies who responded to the call attempted to track the GPS device and later found the battery about half a mile away from the bank.

According to the charging papers, "the male (defendant) made no attempts to disguise his face or wear gloves. In several instances, the suspect looked directly into the camera."

On Sept. 8, video surveillance video and photograph stills from the robbery were broadcast on Western Washington Most Wanted. The next day, investigators received seven tips in regard to the broadcast, all of which identified Gorr as the suspect. After investigators obtained a photo of Gorr's driver license, according to the charging papers, they "immediately recognized the face as the same one in the surveillance video."

According to the charging papers, Gorr also allegedly robbed two banks Sept. 6, one in Des Moines and Kent.

At the Des Moines Key Bank located on Marine View Drive, the charging papers state Gorr approached one of the tellers and told them he wanted money.

The charging documents state the teller was "confused on what he wanted."

He then allegedly took a bank business card and wrote a note demanding money and that it was a robbery.

The teller complied and gave Gorr $1,500 in cash, along with a dye pack.

According to the charging papers, when Gorr attempted to leave the bank with the money, the dye pack exploded and was later recovered by police.

Later that day, Gorr allegedly entered a Chase Bank in Kent on West Smith Street and handed the teller a handwritten note.

According to the charging papers, the teller couldn't read what it said and asked what he wanted.

The teller then locked the drawer and notified the manager.

When the manager tried to contact Gorr, he apparently left "in a hurry."

Surveillance videos from both robberies were reviewed compared to the video surveillance from the Bank of America robbery.

The suspect is all three instances were identified as Gorr, the charging papers state.

Gorr was located and arrested in his parents' home in Maple Valley.

When asked if he wanted to waive his rights he said that he wanted to talk to investigators first and then an attorney.

According to the charging papers, Gorr acknowledged it was him in the video surveillance footage.

The charging papers state Gorr told police he has a heroin addiction and required three grams or more per day and committed the robberies to pay for heroin.

Gorr's last known address was in Des Moines.

Arraignment is set for Sept. 27 at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Bail has been set at $10,000. The state has requested bail be set at $50,000.


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