The I-55 Bandit turned himself in one day after a after a publicity campaign was launched seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and capturing the “I-55 Bandit.”
Andrew Maberry was arrested and charged with one count of bank robbery in connection with a July 2, 2013 robbery at Commerce Bank in Arnold, Dean C. Bryant, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI St. Louis Division, announced in a news release.
Maberry was charged in a federal complaint and was arraigned Wednesday at the federal courthouse in downtown St. Louis.
Maberry, 19, of O’Fallon, IL, surrendered to the St. Louis FBI office on Wednesday.
“We want to thank the news media and digital billboard companies for providing coverage on the I-55 Bandit,” Bryant said. “We have no doubt Maberry’s surrender was a direct result of the extensive media attention. We also appreciate the dozens of solid tips we were provided by the public. The FBI has long relied on the public to help identify and capture criminals.”
Since May 6, the “I-55 Bandit” is believed to have robbed 10 banks and attempted to rob two others in five states: Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, West Virginia, and Tennessee.
In robbing the Commerce Bank in Arnold, the FBI said that Maberry handed the teller a note stating, "I have a gun and a bomb, give me all the money in your drawer."
The “I-55 Bandit” moniker comes from the fact that all four banks robbed in the St. Louis region were along Interstate 55. The FBI continues the investigation to determine if Maberry is linked to other bank robberies.
In addition to Arnold, Maberry is charged with robbing St. Louis area banks in Crystal City, Cape Girardeau, Edwardsville, IL.