A group of men overheard bragging about how easy it is to rob a bank are now wishing they had kept quiet about their successful heist as Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives have arrested four people believed to be responsible for two bank robberies in the Garland District.
Police arrested 23-year-old Adrian Morris, 24-year-old Darren Morris, Jr., 28-year-old Tyree Wortham and 28-year-old John Jones. All four suspects have been booked in jail on charges of armed robbery and/or bank robbery.
Just moments after the robbery of the U.S. Bank branch in the Garland District in December 20, merchants and neighbors were flagging down police with some very helpful tips.
Bank surveillance photos are great to get during holdups but usually by then, the suspects have put masks over their faces. That's why it was so helpful that the owner of a nearby apartment building had several cameras recording when the suspects walked by before the robbery.
"We saw it in the Carlile case where members of the community stepped up and said, 'Hey we have information. We have video that may help you and that's what solves cases,'" Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub said.
In that apartment complex surveillance photo police say you can clearly see the face of one of the suspects, Tyree Wortham, a suspect in a second hold up at the Washington Trust Bank where four people armed with guns did a take-over robbery.
"The perpetrators demonstrated extremely aggressive behavior as I mentioned earlier," Straub said. "They displayed firearms, these were dangerous people who threatened the safety of our community."
Other witnesses saw the suspects running away from the bank and followed them, later giving detectives a good description of their getaway car.
"We have to have a seamless relationship between the police department and the community," Straub said. "When it is seamless, when it is a trusting relationship we get positive results and we're able to take four dangerous individuals off the street."
Detectives knew they were looking for a silver Dodge Durango and found it at a Monroe Street hill apartment complex after a confidential informant heard cousins Darren and Adrian Morris allegedly talking about the robberies and went to police.
Detectives then executed a search warrant at that complex and found a gun under the suspect's mom's bed that matches a small caliber handgun seen in a surveillance photo from the bank.
During a court hearing Monday afternoon, Jones had his bond set at $200,000, the Morris cousins had their bonds set at $100,000 each and Wortham's bond was set at $250,000.
Their bonds were set based in part because of their criminal histories, in part because they don't have extensive ties to the community but mostly because of the behavior during these take over robberies, where the allegedly didn't pass a note to the teller, but rather jumped over the counter and told a clerk they would shoot her in the face if bank employees touched off alarms.