SAMMAMISH, Wash. (KOIN 6) — FBI agents and Washington State Troopers found an underground bunker near Seattle that is believed to have been used by a convicted bank robber who spent nearly five years on the run before he was arrested in Hillsboro last summer.
The hideout belonged to Bradley Steven Robinett, a convicted bank robber. Instead of reporting to a Seattle halfway house after serving time for bank robbery in 2009, Robinett fled and went on to elude police for the next several years.
“I don’t like letting bad guys get away, I don’t like that feeling at all,” Detective Sgt. Jeff Maijala said.
Robinett, who was also considered an escape artist, managed to get away from police in two different car chases over the five years he was on the run.
But his game came to an end when he was caught at a Hillsboro Fred Meyer store last summer. Police realized the car he was driving was stolen, by using an automated license plate reader, and arrested him.
Inside the Washington bunker found by law enforcement was a cot, shoes, battery operated lights and the convicted felon’s favorite sofa.
“We follow these clues close, like I would follow a treasure hunt,” FBI Special Agent Ayn Dietrich-Williams said. “We knew to look for certain types of trees, certain types of ravines.”
Robinett pleaded guilty in federal court to escape and related counts. He is set to be sentenced on May 4.
“It’s nice to have some resolution,” Sgt. Maijala said. “It’s nice to have some closure.”The Associated Press contributed to this report