More than 20 law enforcement officers carrying assault rifles swarmed a rural Lodi residence Tuesday and arrested a man accused of robbing nearly a dozen banks in San Joaquin County.
Robert Davis, 54, was detained by the U.S. Marshals Service and a multi-agency task force at a house on the 2300 block of West Highway 12 shortly after noon. He surrendered without incident after officials surrounded the residence he was hiding in, said Deputy Frank Newsom of the U.S. Marshal's Eastern District.
"Stockton police have been looking for him for a while and asked us for assistance," Newsom said. "We've been on the case since the beginning of September."
The Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force is sponsored by the marshals and is made up of investigators from local, state and federal agencies — including the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department and Stockton Police Department. The force's main duty is to find fugitives.
"After we found (Davis) we handed him off to Stockton police for processing," Newsom said.
Davis has allegedly robbed up to 11 banks in San Joaquin County since June, authorities said. He would enter a bank with a note demanding cash and hand it to a teller, Newsom said. Officers had recently received information he was hiding in the home in Lodi, Newsom said. They were led to Davis from witnesses who identified him in photographs, Newsom said. Davis has previous robbery, burglary and larceny convictions, he said.
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