Alleged bank robber identified as sexual assault suspect

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A suspect in a bank robbery Wednesday has been identified as man wanted in connection with a sexual assault last week.

Phoenix police said Michael King Jr., 23, entered a store near Van Buren and 16th streets and sexually assaulted a female employee on Oct. 17.

Police said King, who was armed with a handgun, pulled the clerk across the counter and threatened to kill her during the attack. He got away with the small amount of cash that was in the register.

Police arrested King after he was identified as the suspect involved in Wednesday's robbery at a Chase Bank near 16th Street and Camelback Road.

Police said King handed a teller a note demanding money or he'd hurt someone. He got the cash and ran about a mile.

Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said King tried to get rid of the evidence by letting the money fly in a Phoenix neighborhood near Ninth Street and Georgia Avenue.

Detectives were able to take King into custody and collect the cash.

During an interview with detectives, King admitted his involvement in the sexual assault at the Pleasure Palace, according to Crump.