Wednesday 23 May 2018

FBI captures 'Grandad Bandit' after stand-off

James Harod in Louisiana

THE MAN dubbed the 'Grandad Bandit' by the FBI and suspected in 25 bank robberies across 13 US states has been captured at his home after a lengthy stand-off that ended peacefully, authorities said.

Police and FBI surrounded the home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and nearly six hours later walked out with a stocky, balding man with greying hair and glasses, who was surrounded by officers and put into a police car.

The FBI identified him to the public for the first time as 52-year-old Michael Francis Mara and arrested him, charging him with robbing a bank in Richmond, Virginia.

Last week, the FBI posted pictures of Mr Mara on billboards across the country.

Irish Independent

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