Suspected bank robber aprehended
Investigators believe they have caught a man who in September robbed Bank of America on Kingsbury Grade.
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies suspect Brent David Muir, a 42-year-old from Reno, also robbed a U.S. Bank at Incline Village in November and a Wells Fargo Bank in Sparks in December.
A Federal Grand Jury in Reno indicted Muir Feb. 7 for the three bank robberies as well a weapons violation. In all three robberies, the suspect wore a blue Band-Aid across his nose.
“The Band-Aid thing was a weak attempt at a disguise,” said FBI spokesman Daron Borst.
Borst said he could not discuss how investigators came to suspect Muir of the robberies, but he did say that the indictment accuses the 42-year-old of robbing the banks by force, violence and intimidation.
Bank of America was robbed Sept. 26 by a man who passed a teller a note and simulated a weapon.
Officers from Reno Police Department and Nevada Highway Patrol arrested Muir Dec. 10 after they spotted his vehicle in Reno and pursued it in a high-speed chase. The chase ended when the motor home the suspect was driving overturned and caught fire. Officers pulled Muir from the fiery wreck. Law enforcement reportedly found a Ruger 9 mm in the motor home.
Bank robberies are federal crimes. For each robbery, Muir could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. Muir, who has already served time in federal prison for bank robbery, may get additional prison time for being an ex-felon in possession of a gun. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ron Rachow said 12 years is the shortest sentence Muir could get if convicted of that charge.
Still at large is a man who on Feb. 2 robbed the branch of El Dorado Savings Bank at Emerald Bay Road. The suspect was wearing sunglasses, a fur-rimmed winter hat and an olive coat when he passed a note demanding money. After reviewing the bank’s surveillance video, investigators said the man is 30- to 40-years-old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds.
The FBI and South Lake Tahoe Police are still investigating the case. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact Detective Martin Hewlett of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-6100 or Special Agent Todd Schliem with the F.B.I. at (530) 542-4140.
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