Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Bank Robbery Suspect Identified - Tied to Other Robberies

Bank Robbery Suspect Identified - Tied to Other Robberies

Boise, June 6, 2006, 8:15 p.m. – Boise Police believe they know who robbed the Washington Mutual Bank on Federal Way this afternoon.

The suspect has been identified as Faron Hawkins, 48 Hawkins is also the suspect in the Dec. 16th, 2005 armed robbery of the Key Bank on Overland (see BPD release dated Jan. 4, 2006 at www.boisepolice.org). Hawkins is also a person of interest in the May 22nd, 2006 robbery of the US Bank in Nampa (Karcher branch), and in a bank robbery in Bozeman, Montana March 16th, 2006.

Hawkins was convicted robbing a bank in Horseshoe Bend in 1978. He has family in southern Idaho and a lengthy criminal record. Police consider Hawkins armed and dangerous. Anyone with any information on Hawkins possible whereabouts is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 343-COPS.

Hawkins description: age 48, 6' - 6'2", approx 210 - 230 lbs., medium to heavy build with short brown hair, with a 2-3 day growth of beard. Hawkins face may be slightly thinner than in the attached photo.

What Happened Today: Witnesses tell officers at approx. 5:00 p.m. a man walked into the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money. The suspect did not show a weapon but the note implied the suspect had a gun and threatened violence.

A teller says the suspect told her his name was Faron Hawkins. Detectives say the method of robbery used today matches that of other robberies Hawkins is believed responsible for.

The suspect in today’s robbery was wearing a tan fishing-type hat, green long sleeve button up shirt, green or khaki pants (not a jogging suit as had been an initial description). He carried a white plastic bag that had Washington Mutual printed on it.

At this time there are no surveillance photos available for release.

Again, anyone with any information on Hawkins possible whereabouts is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 343-COPS.