February 15, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a Sacramento, California-area bank robbery suspect Thursday morning after learning he was wanted following his initial arrest Wednesday night for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) along Interstate 5 in Eugene. OSP detectives were assisted with connecting information and evidence that led to the arrest by Sacramento Police Department's Neighborhood Crimes Unit detectives, Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force, and FBI.
On February 13, 2013 at approximately 8:50 p.m., OSP Trooper Evan Sether and Trooper Will Ulch stopped a 1993 Ford F150 pickup displaying New Mexico license plates for a traffic violation near Coburg after OSP received a driving complaint of a possible DUII driver northbound on Interstate 5 coming through the Eugene area. Subsequent investigation related to the traffic stop led to the arrest of the pickup's driver, JAMES R. DEAR, age 57, from Las Cruces, New Mexico, for DUII. After completing the DUII investigation and processing, DEAR was cited and released for several traffic charges and taken to an area motel. During the contact with DEAR, an undisclosed large amount of cash with dye stains was found and seized pending further investigation.
On February 14, an OSP Criminal Investigation Division detective following up on the seized dye-stained cash confirmed through the FBI and Sacramento Police Department that DEAR was a suspect in a California bank robbery. According to Sacramento Police Department, on February 13 at approximately 10:11 a.m. a suspect entered the First Northern Bank in the 700 block of J Street carrying a backpack, approached a teller and demanded money. The suspect placed the backpack on the floor after saying it contained a bomb and left on foot.
After developing probable cause linking DEAR with the Sacramento-area bank robbery, OSP troopers went to the motel and took DEAR into custody. He was lodged that afternoon in the Lane County Jail as a Fugitive from Justice pending extradition from Oregon to California.
Questions regarding the bank robbery should be directed to Sacramento Police Department Public Information Officer at (916) 808-0808, or Gina Swankie, FBI Public Affairs - Sacramento, at (916) 977-2285.