Police: Man wanted in two Austin bank robberies arrested

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The suspect connected to two Austin bank robberies has been identified and arrested by police. 20-year-old David White faces charges for robbery by threat, after he demanded money from bank tellers at a Capital One and Wells Fargo Bank, according to the arrest affidavit.

Feb. 29 robbery: Capital One Bank

White is accused of robbing the Capital One Bank on Slaughter Lane, Feb. 29 around 11:04 a.m. Witnesses described White in the affidavit as a “ginger” wearing a black muscle shirt and jeans. The affidavit states White approached a bank teller window and placed a note on the counter. The teller told police the note stated “this [is] a robbery,” and demanded the teller to not react while she gave him money. Fearing for her safety and the others in the bank, the teller said in the affidavit that she complied with his demands.

“Hurry up, I’ve got a gun!”

The same night as the Capital One robbery, police spoke to a witness who said he saw White sprinting out of the bank, which he thought was odd. The witness followed White around the corner before he took off. While officers canvased the area, they found a pair of discarded jeans. Inside the jean pockets a note was found with a cell phone. The handwritten note clearly listed demands for a teller to follow in a robbery.

In the following days, calls flooded into the police station from people identifying the suspect as David White from Colorado. A tip on March 1 claimed he had seen White hanging around Highway 183 in Leander for the past few days. The tipster said in the affidavit after seeing the surveillance images circulating by local news stations, he knew it was the man who he thought to be homeless inquiring for work at a 7-11.

Detectives questioned employees at the 7-11 on 183, revealing that they all knew the suspect who said his name was David. The employees told police David said he was from Colorado Springs and had just arrived in Texas. When asked if he purchased the cell phone, that was now evidence, at the store, employees were able to pull up the transaction as proof. Video surveillance from the purchase matched David’s description. Additionally, an employee told police David had been stopped by an officer for panhandling on Feb. 19. The 7-11 employees also told the detectives White had applied for a job at a nearby McDonalds.

March 2 robbery: Wells Fargo

Reports of a red-headed man robbing a Wells Fargo Bank on East Ben White Boulevard called police to the scene March 2. Witnesses gave a description of the suspect that matched the Feb. 29 robbery. The Wells Fargo bank teller told officers she had been given a note demanding money. While she gathered the cash, the affidavit states, the suspect “grew impatient and verbally told” the teller to “Hurry up, I’ve got a gun!” Once he had the money the teller said he left the note behind as he walked out of the bank. Detectives were able to match the note with “extremely similar” verbiage to the previous robbery.

Going back to the McDonald’s David has applied at, managers were able to give police his application with his full name. The phone number listed on the employment application matched the number with the phone police obtained from the Capital One robbery. Showing the McDonald’s employees his surveillance photos confirmed that it was the same David White, according to the affidavit.

Police were able to get a booking photo of White from Colorado, where he had been previously arrested. They matched the photo to the evidence against White leading to his arrest March 2. He is currently being held at Travis County Jail on a $120,000

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