FBI task force arrests suspect in Tolleson bank robbery

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TOLLESON, Ariz. – Thanks to DNA evidence, a Tolleson man is behind bars in connection with a robbery at Bank of the West last summer.

The FBI bank robbery task force arrested Fred Leroy Cavazos on Monday and then handed him over to the Tolleson Police Department.

According to a news release from the department, it was DNA from clothing worn during the Aug. 2 robbery that linked Cavazos, 28, to the case.

Police say Cavazos walked up to a window, handed the teller a plastic bag and demanded money. The teller complied, handing over about $2,500. Cavazos did not have a weapon.

Detectives found the clothing hanging on a fence a few blocks from the bank, which is located at 95th Avenue and Van Buren Street, just one day after the robbery.

DNA was collected, analyzed and eventually found to match Cavazos, who is a Glendale resident.

Sgt. Rudy Mendoza of the Tolleson Police Department said Cavazos has a criminal record and his DNA was already in a database. That DNA was collected from him after an aggravated assault arrest in 2005.

DNA analysis is not a speedy process and does not necessarily lend it self to fast turn-arounds in criminal investigations. Mendoza said getting those DNA results accounts for much of the nine months between the robbery and the arrest of Cavazos.

Police said Cavazos was apprehended without incident and was booked into Maricopa County’s Fourth Avenue Jail. He faces one count of robbery.