Douglas County Deputies catch bank robbery suspect that FBI has identified as the “Limping Latex” Bandit.
On 04/08/2010, at around 12:08pm, deputies responded to a bank robbery that had just occurred at the First Bank, 11961 Lioness Way, Parker, CO. Bank employees stated that the suspect, described as a white male in a blue windbreaker type jacket, had verbally demanded money then fled the scene. As deputies responded to the area, they were flagged down by a witness who stated he had seen the suspect get into a Silver SUV, possibly at RAV 4, and drive out of the parking lot and head east on Lincoln Ave. As deputies arrived at the bank, they spotted a grocery type bag in the parking lot, that contained the money and a die pack that had gone off. The amount of money is not being released at this time.
The information as well as the description was relayed to deputies in the area and the vehicle was spotted driving eastbound on Lincoln Ave around Chambers Ave. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver, who matched the description of the suspect, was detained and taken into custody.
Agents from the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force responded to interview the suspect. The suspect has been identified as Merle Allison, dob-12/29/1943, from Centennial. According the FBI, they have information to believe that Allison was known as the “Limping Latex Bandit”. They believe that Allison may be linked to as many as eight bank robberies in the metro area. Allison is now in the custody of the Safe Streets Task Force.
This is still an open investigation and any more questions can be directed to the FBI Media Coordinator, Dave Joly.