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El Dorado sheriff’s detectives believe they nabbed the ‘Bandaged Bandit’

David Jarrell
David Jarrell El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

Detectives from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office say they have arrested the “Bandaged Bandit,” a bank robber wanted for a series of Sacramento-area holdups in which the perpetrator affixed bandages to his face.

David Jarrell, 22, of El Dorado Hills was arrested for allegedly robbing an El Dorado Hills bank on Monday. Deputies said he also was suspected of other recent robberies.

A Sheriff’s Office news release posted Tuesday morning states Jarrell is thought to be connected with recent bank robberies in El Dorado Hills, Folsom and Stateline, Nev.

In each of the robberies, the suspect has affixed bandages to his nose, chin and other areas of his face and arms in an apparent effort to conceal his identity, an FBI news release states.

El Dorado Hills robberies occurred July 1 at Chase Bank, 2215 Francisco Drive, and July 14 at the Wells Fargo Bank, 3935 Park Drive. The U.S Bank at 1850 Prairie City Road in Folsom was robbed July 15. The first robbery in the series occurred June 29 at the U.S. Bank, 229 Kingsbury Grade Road, in Stateline.

A man wearing the same clothes and bandages as the man described in July 14 El Dorado Hills robbery also entered the Wells Fargo Bank at 3440 Palmer Drive in Cameron Park on July 13, but he did not complete a transaction or rob the bank, the FBI said.

During the robberies, the man approached tellers and presented a demand note or made an oral demand for cash while claiming he had a weapon, authorities said. After receiving money, he left the banks on foot.

The man was described as white, in his 20s or 30s, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, with a large build and blond hair.

The robberies are being investigated by the FBI, the Folsom Police Department and the El Dorado County and the Douglas County sheriff’s departments.

Jarrell was arrested after a robbery Monday of U.S. Bank at 1020 White Rock Road. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was alerted at about 2:30 p.m. .

Deputies were told that the robber fled into a wooded area southeast of the bank. Detectives and California Highway Patrol officers, including a helicopter crew, searched for and eventually found Jarrell in a creek.

Jarrell surrendered to a sheriff’s deputy with a police dog. He was booked into jail on suspicion of three counts of robbery and a count of attempted robbery.

Evidence was collected on land and in the water where Jarrell was arrested. Other evidence was collected at his residence after a search warrant was served.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews