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Mar 28,2008
Suspect in 11 bank robberies arrested
by UPI

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Investigators say a man arrested in southern California may have carried out 11 bank robberies in the past three months blamed on the "Scarface Bandit."

Michael Lee Felix was arrested Wednesday at a gas station near his home in Garden Grove, the Orange County Register reported. Investigators say they got a tip about him.

"After hundreds of hours of investigating these robberies, we were very happy it led to an arrest," Sgt. Dan Adams of the Orange Police Department said at a news conference Thursday. "Yesterday, his luck ran out."

The "Scarface Bandit" got his nickname because he usually had a Band-Aid on his face, which investigators believed might have been hiding a mole or scar. Orange Police Sgt. Matt Miller said that a large supply of Band-Aids were in Felix's car, although he had only a small mole.

Police said they had not recovered any of the money taken in the robberies.

Felix is being held without bail in the Orange County Jail.

© 2008 United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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