Patrick Simmons: Most-Wanted Bank Robber Turns Himself In
The suspected bank robber who was spotlighted by the FBI in a digital-billboard campaign turned himself in to authorities about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the feds say.
Patrick Wayne Simmons, who was wanted in a string of eight Houston-area robberies of bank branches located in grocery stores, was arrested without incident, the FBI's Shauna Dunlap said.
The robbery spree began May 4, 2007, and ended Sept. 16, 2011.
"The defendants would 'case banks and credit unions that were located in grocery stores, using force, violence and intimidation to rob them," the U.S. Attorney's Office said previously. "During the robberies, which were committed on weekday mornings between 9 a.m. and noon, the defendants would use semi-automatic pistols, shotguns and Uzi style firearms to intimidate the bank employees."
Eight other defendants had been arrested; Simmons was the last man still on the run.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.