The man arrested minutes after a September credit-union robbery in Midtown Anchorage has been convicted of the crime in federal court.

Eyob Imlach, 23, was convicted in the Sept. 6 robbery of the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union on West 36th Avenue, according to U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder’s office. The verdict was handed down by U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason, after a roughly day-long bench trial.

FBI spokeswoman Staci Feger-Pellessier said at the time of the robbery that Imlach, who has previously been arrested by APD for stabbing his father and rifling through parked vehicles in Spenard, was arrested “within 10 minutes” of the robbery.

Prosecutors said Imlach committed the robbery just before 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 6.

“After entering the credit union, Imlach approached a teller and wrote a note on the back of a check that had his name and address, which read ‘Give me all the $,’” prosecutors wrote. “The teller did not immediately give cash to Imlach, so he passed the note to a second teller.”

After Imlach left the credit union with $1,778 in cash, an employee of the credit union saw him walk west and enter the nearby Qupqugiaq Inn.

“Within minutes, APD officers surrounded the Inn and entered the building,” prosecutors wrote. “Imlach tried to flee by opening a window and climbing out onto a deck; however, officers positioned on that side of the building immediately detained him.”

Police found Imlach’s backpack in the room he had left, along with the note and clothes used during the robbery and “numerous bills in different denominations of U.S. currency.”

About an hour before the robbery, prosecutors said, APD also encountered Imlach at the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. building near the credit union, where he had sought access to suites on upper floors of the building.

“Imlach was denied access but refused to leave the building,” prosecutors wrote. “APD was called, and they subsequently escorted Imlach out of the building.”

Imlach faces up to 20 years in prison as well as a $250,000 fine for the robbery. His sentencing has been set for Feb. 4.

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