'Fake Beard Bandit' suspect arrested in Tulsa

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The FBI in Oklahoma says a man suspected of being the so-called `Fake Beard Bandit' who robbed eight banks in four states has been arrested in Tulsa.

His robberies included two in Johnson County, Kan., and one in Joplin, Mo.

Special Agent Clay Simmonds in Oklahoma City says 39-year-old Jason Andrew Day was arrested at his home in Tulsa last Friday by agents acting on a tip. Simmonds says Day is suspected of bank robberies in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri in which the robber wore a fake beard.

He was originally arrested as a suspect in the robbery of a bank in Fort Smith, Ark.

The first in the string of potentially connected robberies occurred on May 24, 2011 at the First National Bank of Coweta in Coweta, Oklahoma. It was followed by two separate robberies of Bank of Oklahoma locations in Oklahoma City on May 26 and June 10.
Then, on June 29 an IBC Bank location in Oklahoma City was also robbed.

The suspect moved east and allegedly hit the Hometown Bank in Joplin, Mo., on July 13 and the Bank of Blue Valley, Shawnee, Kansas on July 25 , 2011. On Aug. 3, the same suspect robbed the Bank Midwest in the 14700 block of West 119th Street in Olathe, Kan.

Day's arrest came after an Aug. 23 bank robbery in Fort Smith, Ark., that led investigators to his home in Oklahoma. The Tulsa County Jail website shows Day is being held without bond. An attorney was not listed for Day.

"It is anticipated Day will be charged for all eight bank robberies which occurred in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas," Simmonds said in an FBI statement announcing Day's arrest.

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