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Glendale bank robbery suspect arrested with ransom note still in his possession

Posted at 3:38 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 21:08:42-05

GLENDALE, AZ — Glendale police say a wanted bank robbery suspect has been taken into custody.

The incident occurred around 3:45 p.m. on Jan. 2, 2020, at a bank near 55th Avenue and Bell Road.

Police say 51-year-old Richie Hayes entered the bank with a note demanding cash. He said he had a weapon and was able to leave with an undisclosed amount of money before making his getaway on a beach cruiser bike.

Police say surveillance video showed Hayes riding through the parking lot on a teal and purple bicycle as a pink dye-pack explodes, leaving a cloud of color that follows him.

He was then seen on video riding to a white pick-up truck in a nearby fitness center parking lot, where he loaded the bike and drove away on Bell Road.

Hayes allegedly admitted to the robbery and told police that he went to a casino to attempt to exchange the dirty money in machines.