Saturday, July 15, 2017

Suspected Deming bank robbers arrested after high-speed chase

An Arizona man suspected of leading authorities on a high-speed chase throughout Las Cruces and surrounding areas Thursday evening is a suspect in bank robberies in two states, officials said. Zachary Stephen Reeder, 39, of Marana, Arizona, was arrested after the dramatic, 45-minute chase came to an end with a crash and foot pursuit near Apodaca Road and N.M. Highway 28. A passenger, identified as Cassandra Webb, 28, of Phoenix, also was taken into custody at the time of Reeder's arrest. Reeder and Webb were booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center early Friday morning and are being held without bond on federal charges, jail records show. The complaint states Webb told authorities she met Reeder about one month ago in Arizona. She said they are in a relationship. Webb, who talked to authorities Friday, said she drove Reeder to an unnamed bank in Mesa, Arizona, about five days ago. According to Webb, Reeder was wearing Army camouflage clothing and entered the bank with what she described as a sawed-off black shotgun. She said she was driving a BMW "when the bank was robbed," the affidavit states. Later, the two drove to Lordsburg, where Webb said they "picked up the White Acura SUV," with Arizona plates, the complaint states. Webb told authorities she and Reeder drove to Silver City on Wednesday in an attempt to rob the Wells Fargo bank. She said they arrived late and the bank was closed. On Thursday, Webb and Reader were in Deming and she drove him to the First Savings Bank, the complaint states. Reeder entered wearing Army camouflage clothing with a tan hat and sunglasses, Webb told authorities. The First Savings Bank at 520 S. Gold Ave. was robbed Thursday morning by a man wearing a camouflage jacket and boonie hat, according to the FBI. The FBI report states the robber displayed a shotgun and demanded money from the teller before leaving with an undisclosed amount of money. "The suspect left the bank and got into a vehicle described as a white SUV that was last seen heading west," the FBI reported...more

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