FBI arrests ‘Blues Bandit’ wanted in bank robberies

  • Juan Rivera Jr, 35, was taken into custody by the FBI on Thursday suspected of being the ‘Blues Bandit’
  • He earned his nickname by wearing an outfit similar to the Saturday Night Live Blues Brothers characters – a suit, fedora-like hat and glasses
  • Between October 2016 and May 2017, the thief committed eight bank robberies and made off with more than $14,000
  • The FBI says Rivera became a suspect after authorities discovered the identity of the owner of the vehicle used in the robberies

Mary Kekatos For Dailymail.com

A man suspected of being the ‘Blues Bandit’ and robbing eight banks in Arizona has been arrested by the FBI. 

The agency says 35-year-old Juan Rivera Jr was taken into custody Thursday by Phoenix police and the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force.

In the robberies that occurred between October 2016 and May 2017, the man wore a suit, fedora-like hat and glasses. Similar to the outfit worn by the Saturday Night Live characters, The Blues Brothers, the robber was nicknamed the ‘Blues Bandit’.

The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force and Phoenix police arrested 35-year-old Juan Rivera Jr on Thursday

The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force and Phoenix police arrested 35-year-old Juan Rivera Jr on Thursday

He is suspected of being the 'Blues Bandit' (pictured)and robbing eight banks in Arizona

He is suspected of being the 'Blues Bandit' (pictured)and robbing eight banks in Arizona

The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force and Phoenix police arrested 35-year-old Juan Rivera Jr on Thursday. He is suspected of being the ‘Blues Bandit’ (left and right) and robbing eight banks in Arizona

Six of the incidents targeted Desert Schools Federal Credit Union branches inside Walmart stores. The robber also struck a US Bank inside an Albertsons in March and an Academy Bank inside Walmart in May. 

In each robbery, the thief displayed a note demanding money and threatened the use of a weapon.

AMOUNT OF MONEY STOLEN

Robbery 1: $4,242

Robbery 2: $1,655

Robbery 3: $3,176

Robbery 4: $1,641

Robbery 5: $631

Robbery 6: $575

Robbery 7: $633

Robbery 8: $1,881.54

Total: $14,434.54 

There were no injuries reported in the bank robberies, but Rivera has been hospitalized because of injuries he suffered during the arrest. 

According to court documents, Rivera suffered injuries from self-harm before they were able to make contact with him. He’s currently still in the hospital.

He was described as between five-foot-seven and six feet, and weighing around 180 pounds with a gauge hole in his right ear.

The FBI says Rivera became a suspect after authorities discovered the identity of the owner of the vehicle used in the robberies.

Rivera has been charged with a criminal complaint, officials said. The complaint was filed in federal court accusing him of being the man behind the burglaries.

In each robbery, the thief (pictured) displayed a note demanding money and threatened the use of a weapon

In each robbery, the thief (pictured) displayed a note demanding money and threatened the use of a weapon

There were no injuries reported in the bank robberies, but Rivera has been hospitalized because of injuries he suffered during the arrest

There were no injuries reported in the bank robberies, but Rivera has been hospitalized because of injuries he suffered during the arrest

In each robbery, the thief (left and right) displayed a note demanding money and threatened the use of a weapon. There were no injuries reported in the bank robberies, but Rivera has been hospitalized because of injuries he suffered during the arrest

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