A still image from a security camera shows the alleged suspect in a bank robbery in Oak Harbor. (Oak Harbor police image)

A still image from a security camera shows the alleged suspect in a bank robbery in Oak Harbor. (Oak Harbor police image)

Robber sought on $500k warrant

A man who allegedly robbed an Oak Harbor bank is wanted on a $500,000 arrest warrant while his accomplice is being held in jail on $150,000 bail, according to court documents.

Investigators claim that 20-year-old Duane Payne had been scoping banks and a money lender for days prior to the April 30 robbery of Washington Federal Savings in Oak Harbor. He had recently been kicked out of the Navy for theft and wanted money to buy a car to take his family to California, the police report on the incident states.

Dustin Gilders was Payne’s lookout during the robbery and drove him and his family to Burien afterward, court documents say.

Prosecutors charged Payne in Island County Superior Court May 7 with robbery in the first degree and two counts of kidnapping in the first degree; the latter counts are for allegedly abducting the bank employees briefly at gunpoint.

Under the standard sentencing range, he could face up to eight years in prison.

Gilders was charged with first-degree robbery.

The police report states that Payne accosted the second employee to come to work at the bank that morning and pushed his way into the bank; he was armed with a handgun and wearing a black ski mask.

The report indicates that Gilders called Payne while he was in the bank because Detective Jon Valenzuela with the Oak Harbor police arrived nearby on an unrelated call. Payne ran from the bank and was chased by the detective, and later a couple of other officers, but managed to escape.

Payne tripped during the chase and dropped $1,500, the report states. He later told Gilders he got away with $8,000,

Gilders picked Payne and his family up at a different location in town and brought them to a car dealership in Burien; Payne put a $5,000 cash down payment on a car, telling an employee that it was a signing bonus and that he was going to be a rapper for Jay-Z in California, the report says.

Police responded to the dealership, but Payne had driven away in a loaner, which he later abandoned. Payne allegedly left a note to himself in the car to help him with the bank robbery; it included questions — like “How ways in and out?” — and other thoughts, like “Have a change of clothes.”

An investigator was able to pull a video of Payne from a security camera and an image was released to the public. Two people called in and identified Payne from the image, the report states.

Investigators spoke to Gilders, who eventually confessed to his part in the crime, according to court documents.

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