Caveman Bandit Believed to be Caught in Fresno

September 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fresno Police believe they have caught the man responsible for a string of Valley bank robberies.The FBI dubbed him the caveman bandit. A brazen armed bank robber who held up eight valley banks decked out in a fake beard and mustache.

Fresno police say the end of the line for Daniel Salinas came this morning while a female accomplice stopped to fill up the getaway car at Olive and 99. Lt. Mark Salazar said: "We removed someone who was wreaking havoc on our crime rate, our robbery."

Detectives say Salinas' day started at this Washington Mutual bank in Northeast Fresno where security turned him away. About 30 minutes later, police say he moved onto a Wells Fargo at Herndon and Milburn where he robbed a teller at gunpoint and made off with 20-thousand dollars. Witnesses say he then changed getaway cars.

After a seven month long crime spree, officers finally caught up with Salinas and two accomplices in the other car, inside there was a bag full of cash and loaded weapon. Police say the man whose surveillance photo was once featured on the website of the show "America's Most Wanted" wasn't even the one hiding.

Lt. Salazar said :"This is a significant arrest, relentless follow up investigation by street violence bureau, the patrol officers who spotted the vehicle and tracked it down to the gas station. When they got there the female was putting gas in.. We had one of males from San Joaquin was hiding in back, primary suspect in front of car.'

Salinas who is from Selma now faces a long list of federal charges. Police say he made off with a total of 130-thousand dollars in the eight bank heists.

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