CARLISLE, Ark. – When a man pulled his car up beside a patrol car and said he had a problem, he wasn't looking for directions. He wanted to confess, police said.
Thomas Michael Everett, 57, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., told Carlisle Patrolman Chris Castleberry that he had a problem and needed to get help. Everett admitted robbing banks, then losing the money at casinos, Castleberry said.
Everett told Castleberry during the encounter at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday that the most recent robbery was earlier in the day in Jackson, Miss. An AmSouth Bank branch had been robbed that morning in Jackson.
Castleberry took Everett into custody and FBI agents went to Carlisle to question Everett. The agents matched surveillance camera photos of the robberies to Everett, Carlisle Police Chief Eric Frank said in a news release. Frank didn't return calls for further comment.
Everett was in the Pulaski County Jail in Little Rock on Thursday, being held for U.S. marshals. A jailer said there was no indication that Everett had an attorney yet.
Frank said in the news release that Everett will be moved to El Paso, Texas, to face federal charges. He said Everett was implicated in bank robberies in Jackson, El Paso and Nipomo, Calif.
Steve Frazier, spokesman for the FBI at Little Rock, said it wasn't unusual for a suspect to surrender under such circumstances.
"Statistically, I think it happens more often than you think," Frazier said. "It's not unusual for people, who find out that the FBI is getting close to apprehending them, to turn themselves in. When the footsteps get closer, they get a little nervous."
Frazier declined to comment, however, on whether the FBI knew where Everett was, or the progress of its investigation.