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For Immediate Release

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November 28, 2012 DUSM Seth Bruce, District of W/TN (901) 969-4228
U.S. Marshals Arrest the 'Haggler Bandit' for Bank Robberies

Memphis, TN - The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force tracked a known gang member and suspected bank robber to his sister’s home and arrested him around noon today without incident.

Kevin McKinley, dubbed by FBI agents in California as the “Haggler Bandit,” is a suspect in five bank robberies that occurred during the week of Aug. 26, 2012, in the cities of Los Angles, Monrovia and Pasadena, Calif. The Pasadena Police and the U.S. Marshals Pacific South West Regional Fugitive Task Force working together developed information that the robberies were committed by McKinley, a known member of the Bloods street gang. Further information was gathered that McKinley was in the Memphis, Tenn., area.

The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force was contacted at approximately 10 a.m. today. Using information provided by the U.S. Marshals Pacific South West Regional Fugitive Task Force, McKinley was tracked to his sister’s house and arrested. He was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he awaits extradition.

The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a multi-agency task force with divisions in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The Western Tennessee Division of the GCRFTF has offices in Memphis and Jackson, and its membership is primarily comprised of Deputy U.S. Marshals, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies, Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies, Jackson Police Officers, and the Tennessee Department of Corrections Special Agents. The primary mission of the Task Force is to arrest violent offenders and sexual predators.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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