Police arrest cross-dressing bank robbery suspect

Posted at 2:36 PM, May 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-25 16:50:02-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A man was arrested Thursday in connection with two bank robberies, one of which was carried out while the suspect was disguised as a woman.

John Eugene Walker was taken into custody by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the Sandy City Police Department and the Unified Police Department.

A federal complaint alleges Walker robbed the Zions Bank on 700 E. 8955 S. in Sandy on May 22, and that he robbed the U.S. Bank on 888 E. 4500 S. in Salt Lake City on May 3. Walker was located using witness accounts, tips generated as a result of news reports and other leads, according to a press release.

Walker carried out the alleged robbery at Zions Bank while disguised as a woman. During the robbery he told a teller to put all of the money in a purse, but the suspect did not make any threats of violence or display any weapons. The suspect in that robbery fled in a newer model Toyota Solara. The robbery was captured on surveillance cameras and can be seen below.

Walker carried out the alleged robbery at the US Bank location without displaying a weapon or making threats of violence, and he fled in a red Chevy Blazer. The robbery was captured by a witness with a cell phone camera and can be viewed below.