Incident Summary:

03/16/1984: I Seattle, Washington in the United States, four members of The Order (Silent Brotherhood), Bruce Carroll Pierce, Gary Lee Yarbrough, Robert Mathews, and Randolph Duey, robbed Continental Armored Transport truck employee, George King, as he was carrying sealed bags of money through the Fred Meyers department store in the health food section near the security area. Pierce and Mathews stopped King in his tracks, presented a gun, twisted King's arm behind him, and stole both the guard's gun and the money, while Duey acted as a lookout in the store, and Yarbrough waited with the getaway car. No shots were fired and no casualties resulted. The perpetrators stole $43,345. Similar to their robbery in January, they placed a fake bomb at a Safeway supermarket nearby to divert police officers.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
inside of Fred Meyer department store on Aurora Avenue

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Continental Armored Transport
Specific Description armored truck, and employee of the company, George King
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 $43,345.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
large semi-automatic 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 around 2:00pm; prior to the incident, a fake bomb was placed at the Safeway supermarket nearby in efforts to divert police; the money from the incident was used to finance the group's race war and overthrow of the U.S. government; Mathews was killed after police burned his house down in the midst of a shoot out, when they attempted to capture him in December 1984; Pierce was captured on March 26, 1985, convicted and sentenced to 252 years in prison for his crimes during his involvement with The Order, Yarbrough was also convicted for his crimes in 1985 and sentenced to 80 years, though he was acquitted in this particular case, and Duey was also convicted and received a sentence of 100 years.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
The Order (Silent Brotherhood) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
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
Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, "The Silent Brotherhood: Inside America's Racist Underground," The Free Press, Macmillan Inc., 1989.
"Seattle Guard Robbed," Spokane Chronicle, Washington, March 17, 1984.
"Robbery Witnesses Expected in Neo-nazis trial," Anchorage Daily News, September 30, 1985.