Police nab suspected Bank Whisperer after standoff

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UPDATE: Wednesday morning

Police arrest suspect

PHOENIX -- A man police believe is the so-called "Bank Whisperer" bandit is in custody following a six-hour standoff at a downtown Phoenix motel.

Police say the U.S. Marshals Service tracked Ryan Garcia, 34, to the Sandman motel near 21st Avenue and Van Buren Street and attempted to arrest him about 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Investigators had received a tip earlier in the day that Garcia was at the hotel with two other people -- a woman and a man.

U.S. Marshals, Department of Public Safety SWAT and Phoenix police officers converged on the motel and confirmed that Garcia was there after detaining a man who was seen leaving the area in a stolen car.

Garcia then barricaded himself in a room and refused to come out.

A woman also was in the room, according to police.

Garcia eventually was talked into surrendering after about six hours.

Garcia is a suspect in recent holdups at three Phoenix-area banks, including two in one day.

He was dubbed the "Bank Whisperer" because he reportedly never said a word during the alleged robberies. Police said he used notes to communicate with his alleged victims.

Garcia, who was also wanted on a federal warrant for a probation violation, is being held without bond at Fourth Avenue Jail. Bond is not an option when federal warrants are involved.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


PHOENIX -- Phoenix SWAT teams are on the scene of a standoff at a west Phoenix motel.

The man is believed to be 34 year old Ryan Garcia, a suspected bank robber who has the nickname "Bank Whisperer".

U.S. Marshals tracked Garcia to a motel near 21st avenue and Van Buren around 6 p.m. Tuesday evening.

He is believed to be barricaded inside one of the rooms with another person.

Many Valley Police departments requested the publics help in locating Garcia last week.

Garcia is suspected of three bank robberies in the area. He is considered to be armed and dangerous.

Marshals say they have contacted Garcia inside the room and believe he is armed.