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Update on Arrest of Serial Bank Robbery Suspect

May 10, 2005 -- The bank robbery suspect, Gerald Allen Hayes, (w/m DOB: 6-26-64), wanted in connection with at least four bank robberies in the Houston area, was arrested Monday, May 9, 2005 by members of the Houston Violent Crimes Task Force/Bank Squad.

The Houston Police Department Auto Theft Division located the stolen Lexus believed to be driven by the Hayes in a motel parking lot at 8920 Gulf Freeway. It was confirmed that Hayes had checked into a room and was due to check out that morning. Through the cooperative efforts of the Auto Theft Division, Bank Robbery Task Force and the FBI, Hayes was arrested without incident as he left the room and walked to the stolen Lexus about 10:30 a.m.

Hayes is charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in the 351st State District Court. Besides robberies in Bellaire, Austin, and Dallas he is believed to be responsible for ten bank robberies in the state of Texas (including the four in Houston). Austin and Dallas also believe he may be responsible for some restaurant robberies in their cities.

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.

Following are the locations that he 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

Updated: JGA/AW 5-9-05
JGA/MES 5-2-05
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For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.