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Photo Released of Serial Bank Robbery Suspect

May 3, 2005 -- Investigators in the Houston Police Department Robbery Division (Violent Crime Task Force/Bank Robbery Task Force) are requesting the public's help in locating a wanted suspect in a series of bank robberies in the Houston area. Since April 23, 2005 until April 30, 2005, there have been 4 robberies believed to have been committed by the suspect.

The suspect has been identified as Gerald Allen Hayes (w/m DOB: 6-26-64). Hayes is 6' 01", 180 lbs., has brown hair and blue/green eyes. Hayes is also wanted for bank robberies in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio.

Sergeant David Ryza of the HPD Bank Robbery Task Force reported:

The suspect, Hayes, walks into a bank and approaches a teller. Hayes then presents a demand note and displays a dark colored handgun. He only robs the one teller and usually no one else knows there was a robbery until Hayes has fled. After receiving the money he walks out and gets into a stolen gold Lexus.

The 2005 Gold Lexus LS430, 4-door has Texas license plate # 961BZH. These plates were still on the vehicle as of 4/29/05. The vehicle was stolen out of Grand Prairie, Texas on 4/04/05.

Hayes is considered armed and dangerous. Following are the locations that he has targeted in the Houston area:

4/23/05 11:19 AM Saturday 11041 Westheimer
4/26/05 12:15 PM Tuesday 3902 FM 1960 W
4/29/05 2:25 PM Friday 567 S. Mason
4/30/05 2:14 PM Saturday 5130 Bellaire

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

JGA/MES 5-3-05
Master case - Inc#62124205

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.