Authorities Charge Man Accused In 'polite' Robbery

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle-area prosecutors have filed a first-degree robbery charge against a 65-year-old man accused of politely holding up a convenience store at gunpoint.

Surveillance video from Saturday's robbery in Seattle showed a man telling asking the store's owner to empty a cash register, all while saying "please" and calling the man "sir."

Gregory P. Hess was charged Thursday. He remains in the King County Jail on $250,000 bail.

The King County sheriff's office says Hess is a former Starbucks barista who has been on federal supervision since 2007, when he was released from prison after receiving a nearly six-year sentence for robbing five banks and a video store.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Janet Freeman prosecuted Hess for the earlier crimes. She says he's always been polite.


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