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Would-Be Bank Robber Caught in Limo

October 6, 1991

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ A man suspected of robbing a bank before heading out of town in a chauffer- driven limousine bought drinks for the house at two bars, witnesses said.

Stephen Richard Holmes, 41, was asleep in the back of the midnight-blue limo that was stopped Thursday by authorities, about 60 miles from the bank that was robbed.

″That’s a new one on me, to go out in style,″ said Al Davison, an FBI spokesman.

Bartender Jan Mondello said Holmes bought drinks for several people at his bar and at the bar across the street about 11 a.m.

″When he left, he said, ’Hold my tab, I’ll be right back. I have to go to the bank,‴ Mondello said.

Holmes walked into the bank about 2 p.m., claimed he had a weapon and demanded money, said police spokesman Sgt. Tony Markos.

Detectives checked nearby bars and learned Holmes had ordered a limousine, Markos said. Police called the limousine driver, Vince Roberts, on his cellular phone.

″He said, ’Yeah, I’ve got a guy matching that description in the back seat right now, and we’re heading for Tucson,‴ Markos said.

Holmes appeared in court Friday on escape and bank-robbery charges, officials said.

Holmes had been wanted on an escape warrant since July when he walked away from a San Francisco halfway house where he was serving a sentence for a 1984 bank robbery, Davison said.

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