Astoria man seized at Clatsop County Jail after multiagency investigationAbout two months after a man robbed

the U.S. Bank in Astoria at 987 Duane Street, a suspect was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Leslie Ward Petersen, 29, 1173 Niagara Ave., Astoria, was arrested Jan. 9 at the Clatsop County Jail by agents with the FBI.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, the Astoria Police Department announced Petersen was arrested following an investigation, which included the Oregon State Police, Clatsop County Sheriff's Department, Warrenton Police Department and the FBI.

"At this time no other details of this case will be released pending formal charges by the U.S. Attorney's office located in Portland," the statement said.

According to witnesses inside the bank, the suspect passed a teller a note and then fled with an unknown amount of cash just after 2 p.m. Oct. 27. The man ran from the scene on foot before hailing a cab at Ninth Street and Harrison Avenue.

Astoria police towed a car that had

been parked near the bank at Ninth Street and Franklin Street. The vehicle had been reported stolen earlier and police believed the same man suspected of robbing the bank might also have stolen the car.

Police did not return phone calls for comment this morning and the U.S. Attorney's office was closed because of the national holiday.

The robbery came about five months after a Florida man robbed the Wells Fargo bank in Astoria. A sheriff's deputy arrested the suspect in that robbery on U.S. Highway 30, but an accomplice eluded capture for a few weeks.


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