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FBI Arrests “Veil Bandit” Bank Robbery Suspect

August 21, 1986

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A man on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, dubbed the ″Veil Bandit″ after a string of bank robberies, has been arrested by agents in Los Angeles, an FBI spokesman said today.

Donald Keith Williams, 57, was arrested without incident Wednesday evening as he left an apartment, said Jim Neilson, a spokesman for the Los Angeles bureau of the FBI. Neilson said a citizen’s tip led agents to the apartment.

Williams was sought in a three-year spree of armed bank robberies throughout California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington in which $100,000 was taken, Neilson said.

The robber known as the Veil Bandit was responsible for at least 15 bank holdups in the Los Angeles area. Neilson said that during the robberies, the gunman wore a baseball cap with a cloth to cover his features.

Williams was expected to be taken before a U.S. magistrate in Los Angeles later today.

Investigators listed Williams as the Veil Bandit on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List on July 18, the 401st fugitive to be added to the list, Neilson said.

Williams was the second person on the list to be arrested in Los Angeles and the fourth in California so far this year, the spokesman said.

Williams was charged with violating federal bank robbery law in warrants issued on May 5, 1984, in Chicago and Aug. 8, 1985, in Minneapolis.

If convicted of armed bank robbery, he could sentenced to a maximum of 25 years in federal prison and a $10,000 fine on each count.

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