Man Accused of Robbing Two Banks in Brownsville is Formally Charged

POSTED: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:50pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 2:45pm

Anonimous Caller Tipped Off Police

The break came from a tipster. Police say a tipster called the police department and led them to the suspected robber.

44-year-old, Rafael Pedrez, who also goes by, "El Cubano", got away with the first bank robbery at Compass Bank for several days. Pedrez robbed the Compass Bank on East Elizabeth Street on July 5th. But that robbery wasn't enough as Brownsville police say he was the same guy that robbed the First National Bank on East Levee St. this past Monday.

Pedrez was arrested after someone called the police department's crime stopper line and tipped them off to his home located on the East Adams Street, but Pedrez wasn't arrested for the robberies. He was arrested on drug possession charges. Once in police custody, investigators say the 44-year-old confessed to have committed the bank robberies.

"In his confession he told investigators he acted alone in committing these bank robberies."

After police searched the suspect's home, they found clothing, shoes and other evidence that linked him to the crimes. The money he allegedly stole was also recovered, apparently police recovered several thousands in cash. In both robberies, the man handed bank tellers a note demanding money and also said he was armed.

"He was given a $150,000 bond on each count of aggravated robbery and $3,000 for the possession of marijuana.

Monday’s robbery was the fourth of the city in two months. Arrests have now been made in all four cases.

Police urge the public to call in any suspicious activity in your neighborhood. If your tip leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

If you have a tip, call it in to the crime stopper line at 546-tips.