RENO, Nev. – Federal prosecutors say the suspect in a deadly Reno bank robbery has a lengthy criminal record with 62 arrests dating back to 1967 and five felony convictions.
U.S. Magistrate Valerie Cooke ordered that 66-year-old Van McDuffie be detained without bail after hearing about his criminal history during an initial court appearance Thursday.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports he has been charged with bank robbery with use of a dangerous weapon causing death after fleeing the bank with $13,000.
Eighty-year-old bank customer Bob Sperry was fatally shot after he told the suspect to "get out of here" during the holdup Wednesday morning at a Bank of America branch.
Three of Sperry's sons told KOLO-TV he was a Vietnam veteran and 24-year career Marine who would do anything for a stranger.
The U.S. Attorney's Office didn't release specific information about McDuffie's arrests.