'Where's Waldo' Bandit strikes again
Convicted robber linked to recent crime is behind bars
A man convicted of robbing a Key Bank in Tualatin three years ago has been arrested in connection with the recent robbery of a downtown Portland bank.
Ryan Michael Homsley, 32, had been out of federal prison for about a week when he allegedly walked into U.S. Bank, 410 S.W. Harrison St., on Aug. 26 and slipped a teller a note demanding money. The suspect then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount.
Surveillance video footage showed a man matching Homsleys description, and Homsley was arrested the following day in Aloha by Washington County sheriffs deputies. He also had a federal probation violation.
Homsley recently completed his sentence for the 2010 robbery. According to police, Homsley told a bank employee he had an explosive device, and brandished a small box before leaving with the money. The Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit later determined the box was harmless. Homsley was apprehended, and soon became known as the Wheres Waldo Bandit. Like the popular childrens book character famed for disappearing into crowds, Homsley wore a red and white striped shirt and glasses.
But Homsley was hardly elusive. He appeared to embrace the nickname and the notoriety that came with his 2010 arrest, adding several images of Waldo to his public Facebook profile and posting a status update declaring im (sic) now a bank robber the day after the incident.
While serving a reduced sentence in the Multnomah County Jail, Homsley produced a series of short comic magazines through a collaboration with Bend-based publisher Laura Walker. The zines were a collection autobiographical writing and ink sketches, and depicted life behind bars, reflections on being incarcerated, and his correspondence with Walker. According to Walker, Homsley produced them using the one ballpoint pen every 30 days, two stamped envelopes a week, and scrap paper allowed under jail regulations. Walker sold copies through her Etsy store.
Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau confirmed Holmsey is lodged in the Multnomah County Jail.Add a comment