Burien Man Charged In Bank Robbery, Gets 3rd Strike

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Burien’s Douglas Michael Cox, 50, was charged Tuesday with first-degree bank robbery and attempting to elude police, along with Kevin Vernett Palmer, 43.

If convicted, Cox could face life in prison under the state’s “Three Strikes” law for repeat offenders.

He has been convicted of other bank robberies, and has spent much of the past decade in prison for them.

The two are accused of a July 1st bank robbery that resulted in a chase from West Seattle to downtown and left Cox injured by police gunfire after he was shot while brandishing a pellet gun. Cox remains under police guard at Harborview Medical Center, where he was in satisfactory condition. Police say he was shot three to five times when four officers opened fire.

Both are being held in lieu of $2 million bail, and are scheduled to be arraigned July 21st at the King County Courthouse.

According to charging papers, Cox walked into a West Seattle Wells Fargo Bank branch dressed in black and wearing sunglasses, a woman’s wig and black shoe polish smeared on his face. Court papers say he pointed what appeared to be a handgun, which turned out to be a pellet gun, and ordered two tellers to put cash inside a bag, then jumped into a waiting car driven by Palmer with an estimated $14,000.

After the two took off, police said, a dye pack inside the money bag exploded and officers, alerted by a teller’s silent alarm, pursued them. The chase went onto the West Seattle Bridge, then onto northbound Highway 99, and to First Hill, where Palmer got out of the vehicle and was arrested.

Cornered by police in the middle of crowded Spring Street in downtown Seattle soon after, Cox allegedly displayed a gun when ordered to surrender and was shot by four officers


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