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Suspect in six robberies is arrested at San Ysidro border crossing

January 1, 2011 |  6:24 pm

Dapper1 A 41-year-old man from Fresno suspected of committing half a dozen robberies throughout the state was arrested on New Year's Eve trying to enter the U.S. at the San Ysidro border crossing, the FBI announced Saturday.

John Richard Martinez, a U.S. citizen, was booked into jail in downtown San Diego.

He is charged with the robbery of a payday loan business in San Diego on Dec. 20 and a bank in San Diego on Monday. He is also suspected of robbing banks in Fresno, Tulare and Thousand Oaks and robbing a pedestrian outside a hotel/casino in Lemoore, about 30 miles south of Fresno, the FBI said.

The name Dapper Bandit, bestowed by the FBI, comes from the appearance of the robber during the bank jobs: black golf hat, gray or black sports jacket, and black high-collared shirt. He is accused of threatening tellers with a black semi-automatic pistol.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: A surveillance image from the U.S. Bank branch in San Diego that was robbed Monday. Credit: FBI