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Luis Delagarza, aka Mesh Mask Bandit (mugshot: Dallas Co Sheriff)

Luis Delagarza, aka Mesh Mask Bandit (mugshot: Dallas Co Sheriff)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The FBI has arrested the man known as the “Mesh Mask Bandit.” Luis Delagarza, 59, of Farmers Branch, Texas, was arrested and charged in a federal criminal complaint with committing the armed bank robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank in Dallas in April 2013. Delagarza made his initial appearance Friday afternoon in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma C. Ramirez, who ordered that he remain in federal custody.

A preliminary hearing and motion to detain Delagarza will be conducted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas and Diego Rodriguez, Special Agent in Charge for the FBI Dallas Division and shared on the DPD’s facebook page.

“The identification of the ‘Mesh Mask Bandit’ by the FBI’s Bank Robbery Task Force was the result of collaborative local and federal investigation across nine cities,” said Diego G. Rodriguez, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Dallas Field Division. “The arrest of this dangerous individual illustrates the effectiveness of task forces, the support provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and cooperation within the law enforcement community.”

Authorities say the ‘Mesh Masked Bandit” started sticking up North Texas banks in December of last year.

According to the complaint and affidavit filed in the case, on April 22, 2013, the FBI was notified that the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 13297 Josey Lane, in Farmers Branch, was robbed by a Hispanic male wearing a disguise and armed with a handgun. When law enforcement arrived at the bank, a special agent with the FBI interviewed a witness who worked in the bank. The witness advised that he/she was at his/her desk when he/she observed a Hispanic male walk past a window, adjacent to his/her desk, and head toward the Bank’s main entrance.

The witness said that as the man was entering the bank he/she saw him pull down a mask to cover his face. The witness noted that as the man entered the bank and approached the bank tellers, he pointed a handgun at them and demanded money. Bank tellers complied with the robber’s demands. The witness told police that as the robber was leaving the bank, he removed his mask, and again, this witness saw the robber’s face. This witness later positively identified Delagarza in a photo line-up.

The investigation is being conducted by the FBI and the Farmers Branch Police Department; Assistant U.S. Attorney Taly Haffar is in charge of the prosecution.

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