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Bank heist suspect arrested after standoff

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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2007 4:12 pm | Updated: 6:46 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A man suspected of robbing a Tempe bank surrendered peacefully to police following a short standoff Wednesday.

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Authorities surrounded the suspect’s home in the 2300 block of East Cairo Drive in Tempe, and then the police department’s tactical squad used a loudspeaker to contact him.

The man left the house and was arrested around 4:30 p.m., more than two hours after the robbery was reported at a Bank of America branch at 5100 S. McClintock Drive.

“We’re fortunate no one was hurt, and we’ve had a successful conclusion,” said police spokesman Sgt. Mike Horn.

The suspect’s identity was not immediately released, but Horn said he was in his early 20s. Authorities are investigating whether the man is tied to other crimes.

According to Horn, at 2:12 p.m. police received a report that a bank inside a Fry’s grocery store had been robbed. Witnesses said a man approached a teller, handed her a threatening note and demanded money. Although the robber’s note said he was armed, no weapon was seen, authorities said.

Shortly after, Tempe police had reason to believe the suspect was in the residence on Cairo Drive, Horn said. He did not explain how police knew the man’s whereabouts.

When police arrived outside the residence, the suspect’s two roommates left and said the man was alone inside.

Police established a perimeter, evacuating seven people from neighboring residences. About 30 to 40 officers were involved in the standoff, Horn said.

Authorities tried but failed to contact the suspect by telephone, Horn said. Around 4:20 p.m., police used a loudspeaker to communicate with him.

Minutes later, the man surrendered and was placed under arrest.

”It’s a credit to our officers, who did an outstanding job,” Horn said.

“This week, we’re three-for-three: On Monday, we got a burglar who had burglarized several homes; we had someone attempting a robbery in front of a bank (Tuesday), caught him; and we have this guy in custody.”

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