A Los Angeles man suspected of robbing banks and credit unions in Idaho and Utah was in custody Monday following his arrest while trying to board a flight to Europe.
Josue Daniel Alfaro, who had been dubbed “The Great Outdoors Bandit” because of the style of his attire, was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport while attempting to board a discount Wow Airlines flight to Brussels, Belgium, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Idaho.
Alfaro had been charged on Friday in a criminal complaint in Idaho and a warrant was issued for his arrest, authorities said.
He is suspected of robbing a bank and a credit union in Boise, Idaho, on Dec. 21; a bank in Boise on March 24; a credit union in Orem, Utah, on May 24; and a bank in Boise and two credit unions in Meridian, Idaho on Aug. 7, according to federal prosecutors.
Investigators say a person matching Alfaro’s description went into the Idaho Independent Bank in Mountain Home, Idaho on Aug. 7 and asked to exchange $1,500 in $100 bills for $50 bills. Bank personnel refused the request and provided law enforcement with photographs of the man and the black Mitsubishi Outlander he was driving.
“A vehicle appearing to be a black Mitsubishi Outlander was also photographed during the Aug. 7, 2017, robbery of the Pioneer Federal Credit Union in Meridian,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
On Aug. 9, the FBI released surveillance photos from the bank in Mountain Home, prompting two people — an acquaintance and Alfaro’s brother — to identify him as the person depicted, officials said.
An affidavit states that “Alfaro’s brother advised law enforcement that, on Aug. 5, 2017, Mr. Alfaro and his sister drove in a rental car from their residence in Los Angeles … to the family’s residence in Utah.”
“On the morning of Aug. 7, 2017, Mr. Alfaro borrowed his mother’s black Mitsubishi Outlander, left the residence in Utah, and did not return until two days later,” officials said, citing the affidavit. “On the morning of Aug. 10, 2017, Mr. Alfaro argued with his sisters and appeared to have cried. Mr. Alfaro’s brother learned that the argument was initiated when Mr. Alfaro’s sisters confronted Mr. Alfaro about the bank surveillance photographs in the media. Mr. Alfaro drove back to California in the rental car.”
Alfaro appeared Monday in federal court in Los Angeles and was remanded to federal custody pending transfer to Idaho, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
–City News Service
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