Update: Suspect in 2 bank robberies arrested

2014-08-22T14:38:00Z 2014-08-22T14:45:07Z Update: Suspect in 2 bank robberies arrestedKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 22, 2014 2:38 pm  • 

A man suspected of robbing an Oro Valley bank earlier this month, was arrested Thursday after robbing a Tucson bank and leading officers on a chase, police say.

At about 6 p.m. Thursday a man walked into the Bank of America at 4201 N. Oracle Road at West Limberlost Drive near the Tucson Mall, handed the teller a note demanding money and saying he had a weapon, according to the Tucson Police Department.

Witnesses were able to provide a description of the man and the vehicle in which he fled, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department. When officers spotted a vehicle matching the description, they tried to pull it over.

Instead, the driver later identified as 23-year-old Patrice Gomis, sped off and led police on a car chase. He eventually ditched the vehicle and took off on foot, only to be caught by officers, Dugan said.

When they searched Gomis, “he’s got the money in his pocket from the bank” and he was wearing some of the some of the same clothing seen on bank surveillance video and described by witnesses, Dugan said. Investigators found the rest of his outfit in his car.

Detectives investigating the Tucson robbery recognized “him as possibly being linked to a recent bank rob in Oro Valley,” Dugan said.

The suspect even wore a similar disguise in both robberies — a fake goatee and mustache.

Search warrants were obtained for the suspect’s residence and vehicle and turned up evidence “connecting Gomis to the bank robbery and fraud that occurred in Oro Valley,” Lt. Kara Riley, spokeswoman for the Oro Valley Police Department, said in a news release.

Gomis was booked into the Pima County jail and faces charges of armed robbery, fraud and forgery in the Oro Valley robbery that occurred at about 5:15 p.m. Aug. 12 at a bank at the intersection of North Oracle Road and First Avenue.

Additionally, he faces one count of robbery in the Tucson case and one count of unlawful flight from a pursuing law enforcement vehicle.

Copyright 2014 Arizona Daily Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

About this blog

The Star's public safety reporters comb through police reports, and tell you what you've missed.

Police Beat updates

Most Popular

Featured businesses

View more...

Deals, offers & events

View more...