FBI announces arrest of suspected 'SOS Bandit' and getaway driver

Posted at 2:55 PM, Mar 14, 2017

A woman suspected of being the so-called "SOS Bandit" who robbed four banks in the Phoenix metro area since January has been arrested.

FBI officials announced Tuesday that 46-year-old Cornetta Newton was taken into custody on March 7 after an attempted bank robbery in Scottsdale.

They say Newton is facing charges in connection with four bank robberies between Jan. 30 and Feb. 16 in Scottsdale, Chandler and Tempe in addition to being charged with the attempted bank robbery in Scottsdale.

The robber was called the "SOS Bandit" because she worn slip-on shoes during most of the heists.

Scottsdale police arrested Sherbly Gordon, 46, in connection with the crimes. A release from the FBI says Gordon is suspected of driving Newton in three of the bank robberies and committing a separate bank robbery in Chandler.

It was unclear Tuesday if Newton has a lawyer yet.