A former South Whidbey resident whose family was featured in the reality show “Super Nanny” is accused of robbing a bank in Freeland a few weeks before the episode was filmed on Whidbey in 2010, according to court documents.
The investigator’s report states that Richard T. Young told his former wife about the crime during therapy three years ago and she contacted the Island County Sheriff’s Office with the information last year.
Following a renewed investigation, prosecutors charged 36-year-old Young, who now lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Island County Superior Court July 7 with robbery in the first degree.
The statute of limitation for the charge is three years but that excludes periods when a defendant is not living within the state where the crime occurred. The report by a detective with the sheriff’s office indicates that Young lived in Washington less than three years following the robbery.
On Jan. 14, 2010, a white man wearing a white dust mask entered Chase Bank in Freeland and implied to the teller that he had a firearm, although one was not seen. The robber fled with $2,716 in cash.
An elastic band from the mask was found outside the bank. A lab determined that it had DNA from two different people.
A backpack with clothes thought to have belonged to the robber were later found on Deer Lake Road, according to the detective’s report.
Investigators at the time, however, were unable to identify any suspects and the case was closed pending additional leads.
A few weeks later, a television crew filmed the Young family in Clinton for an episode of the “Super Nanny,” which was a reality show in which an expert nanny helped parents modify their children’s bad behavior.
The TV Guide description of the episodes states that the family moved often because of the father’s job in sales.
In September of 2019, Young’s ex-wife called the sheriff’s office and said Young had admitted in a therapy session in which he was listing all the things he had done wrong that he had tried to rob the Chase Bank in Freeland, according to the report.
The detective wrote that Young’s images from footage of the TV show and images on his Facebook page “closely resemble” the images of the suspect from the bank’s surveillance camera.
Young’s cell phone records showed that he was in the vicinity of the bank a few hours after the robbery and then he was in the vicinity of the area where the clothes were found right after that, the report states.
The detective contacted Young, who denied being involved in the bank robbery and said his ex-wife was mad at him because he had dated one of her friends, the report indicates.
If convicted of the charge against him, Young could face more than three years in prison under the standard sentencing range.