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Bandit hits two Fresno banks within minutes, police say

Hear how a bandit struck at two Fresno banks within minutes

Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez talks about the arrest of the man police say robbed two minutes within minutes of each other Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Both banks were withing shouting distance of police and Fresno County sheriff headquarters.
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Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez talks about the arrest of the man police say robbed two minutes within minutes of each other Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Both banks were withing shouting distance of police and Fresno County sheriff headquarters.

Call him the Two-Timing Bandit.

Fresno police Tuesday morning arrested a man who allegedly robbed two banks within minutes, both within shouting distance of police headquarters and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect, who identified himself to police as David Sheridan, 57, told officers he was on federal parole for previous bank robberies. Lt. Joe Gomez said it wouldn’t surprise him if Sheridan wanted to return to prison.

Police first received a call that a man had presented a demand for money at the Citibank at Kern and N streets at 10:16 a.m. Gomez said the bandit wrote “this is a robbery” on a bank brochure.

The clerk pretended she didn’t understand what the man wanted, walked away and pushed an alarm. This angered the suspect, who threw down his demand note and stormed out of the bank.

Minutes later, the suspect, who apparently walked past the police and sheriff’s buildings, struck at Bank of the West at Van Ness Avenue and Fresno Street, where he told the teller “this is a robbery.” He was handed about $200, then asked for more cash, which he received.

The suspect then went to the busy bus stop at Courthouse Park, where he changed his clothes, donning a camouflage T-shirt. He was detained moments later by Fresno bicycle officer Bryan Analla.

Gomez, who said the suspect carried no weapons, called the case “highly unusual.”

Jim Guy: 559-441-6339,

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