In a joint effort, the Aberdeen and Hoquiam police departments on Feb. 26 brought the man accused of robbing a bank and two espresso stands in 2012 back to Grays Harbor County to face charges.
Jay R. Gladden, 31, was booked into Grays Harbor County Jail with $300,000 bail. He’s facing three first-degree robbery charges.
Detective Sgt. Shane Krohn said Gladden is linked with a total of five robberies in the Hoquiam and Aberdeen areas, and further charges are under review.
He and Aberdeen Detective Jeff Weiss flew down to Phoenix, Ariz. then drove to Blythe, Calif., where Gladden had been serving a sentence for assault with a deadly weapon at Chuckawalla State Prison.
“We have known that for a while, and we were just kind of waiting for them to be done,” Krohn said.
The departments initially requested the U.S. Marshals Service transport Gladden back to Washington when he finished his sentence, but the service said it would reimburse their travel costs if they transported him themselves.
His California charge stemmed from a March 2013 incident.
“Basically he had been caught going over the fence to a backyard to break into their house, the neighbor caught him,” Krohn said. “He pulled a knife on him, tried to stab him, then a neighbor and somebody else detained him until police arrived.”
Now Gladden will face charges for his alleged crimes in Grays Harbor County.
On Sept. 17, 2012, Gladden allegedly presented a note to a teller at the Hoquiam Twin Star Credit Union demanding money, but did not show a weapon. He received an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot toward an alley near the bank, trailing various bills as he ran and jumped a small fence.
Police quickly identified his apartment, just a few houses down from the credit union, and deployed a SWAT team. Believing Gladden was inside, police demanded over a loudspeaker he turn himself in and entered the apartment, but Gladden was not there.
His then-girlfriend, Melissa M. Moore, was sentenced to seven months in jail for trying to rob the Aberdeen Radio Shack Sept. 15, 2012. She said Gladden forced her to attempt the robbery.
A neighbor said the couple may have been motivated by financial issues.
Gladden is also charged with robbing Huckle Bearies Espresso Stand on Sumner Avenue in Aberdeen at gunpoint, Sept. 15, 2012, along with Grizzly Espresso in Hoquiam.