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Dynomite Bandit Arrested

FBI Phoenix February 07, 2013
  • Jill McCabe (623) 466-1844

PHOENIX—Phoenix FBI Special Agent in Charge James L. Turgal, Jr. announces the arrest of an individual believed to be the “Dynomite Bandit.” Alan Jeffery Farber, 48 years old, of Phoenix, Arizona, was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, without incident in Phoenix. Farber is charged with armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, and use of a firearm in a crime of violence.

This was a multi-agency investigation led by the FBI’s Bank Robbery Task Force. The task force is comprised of the Phoenix Police Department, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Mesa Police Department, and the FBI. FBI Phoenix Special Agent in Charge James L. Turgal, Jr. stated, “This arrest was the culmination of investigative efforts by the Scottsdale Police Department, Peoria Police Department, and the FBI’s BRTF. The Arizona Department of Public Safety also assisted in this matter. The perseverance and collaboration throughout this investigation is a testament to the outstanding partnerships in law enforcement within Arizona.”

Farber has allegedly robbed and/or attempted to rob four banks since July 2012. The first incident occurred in Peoria on July 3, 2012, at the Chase Bank located at 28523 N. El Mirage Road; the second incident occurred on December 21, 2012, at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 39422 N. Daisy Mountain in Anthem; the third incident occurred on January 2, 2013, at the Chase Bank located at 10011 E. Dynamite in Scottsdale; and the last incident occurred on January 4, 2013, at the Bank of the West located at 34301 South Old Black Canyon Highway, Black Canyon City.

The FBI, along with our federal, state, and local partners, will continue to actively work to protect the public against acts of violence and other threats within our community. The prosecution in this matter is being led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona.

The public is reminded this arrest is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.