Salt Lake City, UT — On Sunday, August 13, the suspect in a about a half-dozen robberies, Josue Daniel Alfaro, a/k/a the “Great Outdoors Bandit,” was arrested, at the Los Angeles International Airport while attempting to board a Wow Airlines flight to Brussels, Belgium.
Previously, on Friday, August 11, Alfaro was charged by criminal complaint in the District of Idaho with bank robbery, and an arrest warrant issued. According to the affidavit accompanying the criminal complaint, which was unsealed today, the following banks were robbed on the following dates by a person matching Alfaro’s description and wearing a baseball-style cap and sunglasses:
-December 21, 2016, the U.S. Bank in Boise, Idaho;
-December 21, 2016, the Idaho Central Credit Union in Meridian, Idaho;
-March 24, 2017, the Bank of the West Boise, Idaho;
-May 24, 2017, the Alpine Credit Union in Orem, Utah;
-August 7, 2017, the Bank of the West in Boise, Idaho;
-August 7, 2017, the Pioneer Federal Credit Union in Meridian, Idaho;
-August 7, 2017, the Clarity Federal Credit Union in Meridian, Idaho.
According to the affidavit, on August 7, a person matching Alfaro’s description appeared at the Idaho Independent Bank in Mountain Home, Idaho. The person was not wearing sunglasses or disguising his face in any way. The person requested to exchange $1,500 in $100 bills for $50 bills. The bank denied the request and provided photographs of the person’s face and the vehicle he was driving – a black Mitsubishi Outlander – to law enforcement. A vehicle appearing to be a black Mitsubishi Outlander was also photographed during the August 7 robbery of the Pioneer Federal Credit Union in Meridian.
According to the affidavit, on August 9, the FBI sent out a media release of the Idaho Independent Bank surveillance photographs. Two people – an acquaintance and Alfaro’s brother – positively identified Alfaro as the person in the photographs.
According to the affidavit, Alfaro’s brother advised law enforcement that, on August 5, 2017, Alfaro and his sister drove in a rental car from their residence in Los Angeles, California to the family’s residence in Utah. On the morning of August 7, 2017, Alfaro borrowed his mother’s black Mitsubishi Outlander, left the residence in Utah, and did not return until two days later. On the morning of August 10, Alfaro argued with his sisters and appeared to have cried, Alfaro’s brother learned that the argument was initiated when the sisters confronted Alfaro about the bank surveillance photographs in the media. Alfaro then drove back to California in the rental car.
On Monday, August 14, Alfaro had his initial appearance and arraignment on the criminal complaint before the United States Magistrate Court for the Central District of California. Alfaro was detained and will be transported to the District of Idaho for trial.
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Customs and Border Protection, Boise Police Department, and Meridian Police Department.