Man arrested in connection to Mesa bank robbery

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By Dan Neligh By Dan Neligh
By Dan Neligh By Dan Neligh
By Dan Neligh By Dan Neligh

TEMPE -- Police arrested a man in relation to an armed robbery that occurred at a Tempe bank on Tuesday.

In a press release, Tempe Police spokeswoman Molly Enright said the robbery occurred at the Desert Schools Credit Union at 1245 E. Broadway Rd.

According to Enright, at about 9:15 a.m. a man handed the bank teller a note demanding money, and he pointed a handgun at her. Enright said the teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash, and then witnesses allegedly said the suspect fled to a vehicle parked in a nearby alley.

Nobody was injured during the robbery.

Later that day witnesses and pictures from the robbery helped police identify Marcus Ashton Harston as a potential suspect, Enright said. After surveillance and an investigation by Tempe and Mesa police and the FBI, police obtained a warrant which revealed evidence allegedly linking Harston to the robbery. Enright said police took Harston into custody on Thursday, March 25 without incident in Mesa.

Harston was booked into Tempe Jail on one count of armed robbery and three counts of aggravated assault.

Enright said police are in search of another potential suspect who may have been driving the vehicle used to escape.