The Mesh Mask Bandit's run was bound to come to an end. It's possible, one supposes, to stick up a bank or two, then flee to some sparsely inhabited island, out of reach of the FBI. But when you rob 19 North Texas banks over the course of a few months, your luck will inevitably turn.
Luis Delagarza, a 59-year-old from Farmers Branch, was arrested and appeared in federal court today. So far, he's only charged with a single robbery -- the April 22 holdup of a Farmers Branch Wells Fargo -- because that's where an employee to caught a glimpse of the robber's face before he put on his mask. She later picked Delagarza out of a photo lineup. Expect charges for the other stickups when they file an indictment.
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U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma Ramirez ordered that Delagarza remain in federal custody pending a preliminary hearing on June 25. The circumstances of his arrest aren't clear.