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Alleged bank robber arrested

By From page A9 | March 22, 2013

An alleged bank robber wanted by the FBI was taken into custody Tuesday morning.

Gary C. Fite Jr., 22, of Oakland, was arrested without incident near the intersection of Tennessee and Humboldt streets in Vallejo by members of the FBI, Pinole and Vallejo Police Departments, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office, a press release stated. The arrest was the result of a multi-agency investigation with the aid of tips from the public.

Fite was wanted for his alleged involvement in a take-over style armed bank robbery in Pinole on March 1. He allegedly jumped over the counter of The Mechanics Bank at 2690 Pinole Road, stole a large amount of money from the teller’s cash drawer while holding a loaded semi-automatic handgun to the teller’s head.

The complaint against Fite alleged that on March 1 at around 4:30 p.m., The Mechanics Bank was robbed by an unknown male. According to witnesses, the suspect was described as a black male wearing a tan baseball cap, a blue jeans jacket over a gray hooded sweatshirt, carrying a black bag over his shoulder. He wielded a black semi-automatic handgun.

The suspect allegedly jumped over the counter after entering the bank, pointing the handgun at the teller’s head and demanding money. The teller, fearing for her life and the lives of others, gave the robber a sum of money. The robber took the money and ran.

Fite is being held at the Martinez Detention Facility and was expected in Oakland court Wednesday.

Cole Mayer

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