A Philadelphia man suspected as the serial bandit responsible for nine bank robberies this month has been caught, the FBI said today.
Tarik Hooks, of the 6100 block of Spruce Street, was arrested Friday and charged today with nine counts of bank robbery. An affidavit filed in federal district court says Hooks confessed to the robberies, and to a 10th, in Wilmington, Delaware.
Hooks, 35, was the most prolific and nettlesome robber during an unusual string of bank heists that unfolded in the region this year.
Between Feb. 2 and Feb. 21, the man donned a winter knit cap, goatee and glasses during nine holdup attempts in Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery counties, including hitting one Roxborough branch twice. With a demand note but no apparent weapon, he collected more than $35,000, including $10,000 from a TD bank in Haverford on Feb. 12, court records show.