Suspected "Holiday Bandit" bank robber arrested

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A man suspected of being the “Holiday Bandit” after bank robberies this winter in New York and New Jersey was arrested in Queens on Tuesday, the FBI announced.

The arrest of Marat Mikhaylich, 35, comes just a day after he allegedly held up another bank on Monday, this time in Edison, New Jersey.

“The Holiday Bandit’s three-month bank robbery spree has come to an end,” said Janice Fedarcyk, FBI Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office.

“This should serve as a stark reminder to anyone who wishes to brandish a weapon, rob a bank, and put the lives of innocent civilians at risk,” Fedarcyk said.

The arrest came after authorities located a Toyota Camry reportedly stolen by Mikhaylich on Monday.

New York City Police reviewing film from roadside and toll-booth license plate scanners spotted the stolen car driving into Queens from New Jersey. They alerted the FBI, whose agents descended on the car and apprehended Mikhaylich without incident.

Mikhaylich, accused in nine robberies in the New York and New Jersey areas, was expected to be arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court, Fedarcyk said.

The Holiday Bandit nickname stems from the timing of most of the robberies, which occurred between December and late February.

(Reporting by Bernd Debusmann Jr., editing by Barbara Goldberg)

Suspected "Holiday Bandit" bank robber arrested