Charges: Alert manager foils robber trying to hit same bank twice

TACOMA, Wash. -- A man attempting to rob the same Tacoma bank twice in the span of a week apparently didn't count on the bank's manager being so vigilant, according to charges filed Wednesday in Pierce County Superior Court.

According to the charging documents, 47-year-old Demetrious Adams asked a teller for change for $2 Aug. 6 at the Columbia Bank in the 600 block of North First Street.

While the teller was getting the change, Adams reportedly passed her a note reading, "Give me all your $100s and $50s." He was able to get away with more than $2,900 in cash, according to the charging documents.

The bank manager told Tacoma Police Department officers Adams caught his eye when he entered the bank because he was wearing sunglasses. The manager watched Adams' interaction with the teller and followed him outside when he left.

According to the charging documents, Adams returned to the bank Aug. 12. The bank manager immediately recognized him and intercepted him before he could get to a teller.

Adams reportedly asked the bank manager if he was a teller then said he needed to trade some quarters in for a dollar bill. Adams left after the manager gave him a dollar.

The bank manager told officers he thinks Adams was planning to rob the bank again but got scared off when he wasn't able to get to a teller.

According to the charging documents, the bank manager called 911 after seeing Adams walking in the 100 block of Tacoma Avenue South, where officers apprehended him.

Officers reportedly recognized Adams from surveillance video taken during the robbery, and Adams was positively identified by the bank manager.

Adams has been charged with robbery and attempted robbery in connection with the two incidents. He was convicted of robbery in 1994 and three more times in 2001.