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Merrimack Valley

January 26, 2013

Clean-shaven bank robbery suspect nabbed


While in the apartment building, Pierce reviewed the surveillance tape from the complex. He then took Molina to the manager’s office to see if she recognized the man in the video. Molina told police it was Arias, her boyfriend.

Arias was subsequently arrested and photographed. When the new photo was shown to bank officials and clients at the bank, they recognized Arias as the alleged robber.

Working with a search warrant, police found a Galaxy x3 cellphone, two pairs of sneakers, $5,100 in denominations of $100 and $50; nine $100 bills found in shirt in the closet; seven $100 bills in an envelope also in the shirt; an Aeropostle jacket and three zip drives.

The car was registered in Arias’ name, but the Salem, N.H., address was that of his girlfriend Yanira Molina, who lived there in 2009 before moving to Marston Street. Both Molina and Arias are known to police for past offenses.

Capt. Denis Pierce reviewed the bank’s security tapes and bank officials confirmed the suspect was a Hispanic male with dark beard, wearing Red Sox baseball cap, jeans and a dark jacket. When they went to the police station, Dushame showed bank officials an array of photographs from which they identified Arias, even though he no longer had a beard.




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