Man suspected of committing five Valley bank robberies arrested

Nov 10, 2020, 4:00 PM
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PHOENIX — A man accused of robbing five banks in the Valley was arrested by members of the FBI Phoenix Violent Crimes Task Force last week, authorities said Monday.

The suspect, identified as 29-year-old William Zachary Cantrell, was arrested Nov. 4 and charged with four counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery, according to an FBI release.

Cantrell was arrested in Mesa without incident in connection to robberies that occurred between September and November, the FBI said.

The robberies started on Sept. 18 in Glendale, with others in Peoria on Sept. 26, Avondale (Oct. 2), Litchfield Park (Oct. 6) and Mesa (Nov. 4).

No one was hurt during the robbery attempts, according to the release.

The FBI’s release said the suspect approached the bank teller in all five of the robberies and presented a demand note.

The FBI Phoenix Violent Crimes Task Force is a collaboration between law enforcement agencies in Phoenix, Peoria and Scottsdale and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, together with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and the FBI.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is handling the case against Cantrell, according to the release.

Cantrell’s preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 16, according to court documents.

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