Bank robbery suspect in Surprise used 2 vehicle fires as diversion

  • Source: Sun Cities Independent
  • Published: 01/14/2020 09:06 AM

A man is in custody in connection with a robbery and two vehicle fires in Surprise. Israel Andrew Diaz, 28, of El Mirage, faces charges of robbery, arson, kidnapping, tampering with evidence, prohibited possession of a weapon and drug possession. Around 3 p.m. Jan. 10, Surprise police responded to a vehicle on fire in the parking lot of a crowded shopping complex near Grand Avenue and Bell Road. According to records, as officers arrived, a second vehicle fire was reported in another nearby parking lot. About 2 minutes later, police responded to a bank robbery at the nearby Bank of America. Police, believing the incidents to be related, established crime scenes at each incident. At the bank, police learned the suspect gave a note to a teller, demanding $2,500 and for the teller to not to make a scene.


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