Tempe bank robbery suspect arrives by cab, gets away on a city bus

TEMPE, AZ - Police have a man in custody after he allegedly robbed a bank in Tempe and made his getaway on a city bus.

Tempe police Lt. Jeff Glover said the suspect arrived by cab at the Bank of America at McClintock Drive and Southern Avenue around noon on Saturday.

The suspect went into the bank and showed a teller a note demanding cash. The teller told a manager and the suspect was given an unspecified amount of cash which he stuffed into his pants pockets.

When he went outside to get back into the cab, the driver refused to let him in so the robber ran across the street and boarded a city bus.

Glover said the suspect tried to buy clothing from other passengers and apparently did get some from one.

The suspect reportedly got off the bus and went into a Wal-Mart at Southern Avenue and Rural Road where he bought a few more pieces of clothing.

When Officer Matt Barker heard the suspect description it was for a Hispanic male wearing a multi-colored beanie cap, gray jacket and white shoes.

As he patrolled the area, Barker spotted the suspect and said he worked to take the man by surprise.

Barker was able to take the man into custody near College and Southern avenues without incident saying, "I think he knew the gig was up."

Barker found the stolen money in the suspect's pockets.

Police have not released the name or age of the suspect.

Glover said no weapon was displayed and no one was injured in the incident.

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