Incident Summary:

01/30/1984: Two members of The Order (Silent Brotherhood), Bruce Carroll Pierce and Gary Lee Yarbrough, robbed the Washington Mutual Savings Bank at East Sprague Avenue in Spokane, Washington, United States. In an attempt to divert authorities, they also placed a brown package containing a fake bomb at the Two Swabbies clothing outlet store nearby, and from the Mr. Steak restaurant near the bank, made a warning phone call about the fake bomb to police. At the bank, they handed the teller a note requesting money, which netted them $3,600 from the robbery, of which, $200 was sent to Bob Miles, a racist leader in Michigan, and another $100 given to the Aryan Nation group. There were no casualties in the incident.



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Location Details:
11205 East Sprague Avenue

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Washington Mutual Savings Bank
Specific Description bank
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $3,600.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The robbery occurred shortly before 4:00pm; prior to the robbery, a fake bomb was placed at the Two Swabbies clothing outlet nearby, and a phone call to authorities, warning of the bomb, was made from the Mr. Steak restaurant next to the bank; during the robbery, Pierce handed the teller a note that states, "Put the money in the bag and we won't hurt you." Pierce was captured on March 26, 1985 and convicted and sentenced to 252 years in prison for all of his crimes during his involvement with The Order, and Yarbrough was also convicted for his crimes in 1985 and sentenced to 80 years.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
The Order (Silent Brotherhood) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Mark S. Hamm, "Terrorism as Crime: From Oklahoma City to Al-Qaeda and Beyond," New York University Press, 2007.
Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, "The Silent Brotherhood: Inside America's Racist Underground," The Free Press, Macmillan Inc., 1989.
Bill Morlin, "Two Order members identified as robbers of Spokane bank," The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington, September 27, 1985.