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Serial bank robber arrested

Posted at 1:33 PM, May 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-21 13:47:50-04

Tucson Police with the assistance of US Marshals have arrested 47-year-old Ronald Joseph Wilger in connection with five bank robberies.

Tucson Police and the Pima County Sheriff's Department had been working together to identify and locate Wilger. 

On Thursday detectives obtained a felony arrest warrant for Wilger in reference to multiple counts of armed robbery.

Wilger was arrested today around 3:30 p.m. at a motel on Benson Highway without incident.

Forensic evidence obtained from the last two robberies led to the arrest. 

Wilger was booked into the Pima County Jail on seven counts of armed robbery. Those counts only include the last two robbery incidents. Wilger was also booked on a felony parole violation warrant. 

Additional charges from the other robberies are pending. 

Police say Wilger robbed two banks this week. At a press conference Wednesday police said that on Tuesday the suspect cornered an employee at the Bank of America near Speedway and Stone.

Tucson Police say he has not pulled a gun, but he has threatened to use one. 

One of the robberies took place at 3:50 p.m. April 11, when the man robbed Washington Federal Bank, 4910 E. Broadway. The man handed the teller a note demanding money, and implied he was arms. He took the money and ran away on foot.

Police say the vehicles pictured in the multiple robberies have been located and detectives have spoken with the owners. 

Pima County Sheriff's detectives and Tucson Police detectives will be presenting all of the cases to the Pima County Attorney's Office next week.  

Wilger's bond has been set at $50,000.