NEAR EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a man suspected of a bank robbery near Sacramento, California Thursday morning after learning he was wanted following his first arrest the night before. Initially, the suspect, 57 year-old James Dear, was taken into custody Wednesday night near Eugene for a DUII and was later released.
OSP troopers, Evan Sether and Will Ulch, received a driving complaint Wednesday evening of a possible DUII driver northbound on Interstate 5 near Eugene. They then pulled over the pickup, displaying New Mexico plates, near Coburg for a traffic violation. Investigation related to the stop, led to the arrest of the Las Cruces, New Mexico man for a DUII. After processing, Dear was cited and released for several traffic charges and taken to an area motel.
While officials were investigating with Dear in custody, an undisclosed large amount of cash with dye stains was found and seized pending further investigation. Upon following up Thursday on the evidence found, OSP Criminal Investigation Division confirmed through the FBI and Sacramento Police Department that Dear was a suspect in a California bank robbery. According to the Sacramento Police Department, Wednesday morning a suspect entered the First Northern Bank 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 taken to the Lane County Jail Thursday afternoon as a Fugitive from Justice pending extradition from Oregon to California.