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Bank of America robbery suspect in custody

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From the Amarillo Police Department:

***UPDATE***SUSPECT IN CUSTODY 4-16-13, 4:40 PM: APD investigators started receiving information from multiple sources about the identity of this suspect shortly after the photograph was released. Based on that information, they were able to obtain a warrant charging a WM with robbery. The man was believed to be staying in local motels.

Shortly after 4:00 PM, APD Special Weapons and Tactics officers found that the suspect was in room #29 at the Sleepin' Inn at 810 Amarillo Blvd. West. Guests were evacuated from other rooms. Officers then contacted the man on the motel's room telephone. The man declined to come out of the room. Officers approached the room using a marked, armored vehicle. They again contacted the man. He agreed to come out. While the officers waited for him to come out, they saw flames in the window of the room. The officers shot chemical irritants into the room. The suspect then stepped outside the door. He had a leather belt wrapped tightly around his neck. He would not comply with officer's instructions.

Officers used a less-lethal impact type ammunition but the man still would not comply. Officers then used a TASER, and he was taken into custody. The man declined medical attention but was taken to a hospital to be checked. The suspect was not armed. Officers put out the fire with a fire extinguisher. Money believed to be taken in the robbery was recovered at the scene. Fire damage was limited to the top of an air conditioner unit inside the room. The suspect's name will be released when he is booked into jail.


PREVIOUSLY POSTED TO NIXLE:
On Tuesday April 16th at 9:10am, APD officers were sent to the Bank of America at 3601 S Washington on a robbery that just occurred. Upon arrival offices learned that a white male subject described as being in his 40's, 5'9, wearing glasses, a scruffy growth of facial hair, entered the bank and approached the teller line.

 As he walked up to the teller, he slid a note across the counter demanding money. He reached inside his jacket with his other hand indicating he had a weapon. No weapon was actually seen though. After getting an undisclosed amount of money the suspect left the bank and proceeded north out the bank towards the frontage road of I-27. The suspect was last seen going East on the frontage road. There is no vehicle description and it is unknown if the suspect had one or not.

The suspect was last seen wearing a blue Dallas Cowboys toboggan, a tan or gray jacket and tan pants. He was possibly wearing a red striped shirt under his jacket. The investigation is ongoing and with the assistance of the local FBI office.

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