General Crime

* Kent Lee Maxon suspected of robbing several Bay Area banks at gunpoint was arrested

A man suspected of robbing several Bay Area banks at gunpoint last month was arrested near his home in Santa Cruz today, a San Jose police spokesman said.Kent Lee Maxon, 44, was arrested for allegedly robbing banks in San Jose, Saratoga and Santa Cruz between June 19 and June 28, police Sgt. Ronnie Lopez said. The first robbery took place June 19 at about 10:45 a.m. at a Bank of the West in San Jose, located at 965 S. De Anza Blvd, Lopez said. The suspect was described as a white man in his 30s, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 200 pounds, who entered the bank with a demand note and displayed a firearm, Lopez said. The man was wearing cycling clothes, including glasses, gloves and a helmet. He fled on a mountain bike with an undisclosed amount of cash, Lopez said. Three days later, a suspect matching the same description robbed a Comerica Bank in Saratoga in the 13000 block of Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road, Lopez said.The robbery occurred at about 3:40 p.m. on June 22, and once again, the suspect was wearing cycling clothes, produced a demand note and a firearm, and fled on a mountain bike with an undisclosed amount of cash.Finally on Monday afternoon, the same suspect robbed a Comerica Bank in Santa Cruz at 1901 Mission St. using the same method, Lopez said.He said San Jose police worked with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and Santa Cruz Police Department to develop leads and identify the suspect.Members of the three agencies executed a residential search warrant this afternoon at Maxon’s home in the 300 block of Centennial Street in Santa Cruz, Lopez said.He was arrested after a brief foot pursuit. A search of Maxon’s property revealed a large-scale marijuana grow, according to Lopez. The Santa Cruz Police Department will be able to provide additional details about the arrest, he said.

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