Police arrest man accused of robbing downtown Austin bank wearing a surgical mask



AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a bank in downtown Austin on Friday afternoon.

Austin police said that Peter Davis Bunting, 42, walked into the Horizon Bank on Congress Avenue and demanded cash.

Bunting, wearing a surgical mask, told the teller he wanted $1000 and said he had a gun, according to an arrest affidavit.

The teller told police she feared he was going to shoot her, so handed over cash in $100 bills.

According to the affidavit, police had been working on a series of bank robberies in Austin involving a male suspect wearing a surgical mask.

Earlier in the day on Friday, a man wearing a similar mask entered a Chase Bank on Guadalupe Street that had been robbed by a man matching his description.

The man was stopped by a police officer working security at the bank. The officer identified the man as Bunting, and then released him, police said.

Following the robbery later that day, Bunting was apprehended at a bus stop on Guadalupe Street near Republic Square Park.

Police searched his backpack and found a surgical mask, as well as cash matching the amount stolen from Horizon Bank.

Bunting is being held in the Travis County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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