'Bearded Bandit' suspect identified, arraigned and bail set

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SEEKONK — Justin L. Worley is the name of the suspected "Bearded Bandit," Seekonk Police announced in a press release Thursday morning, Sept. 20, at approximately 9:08 a.m.

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, the Seekonk Police arrested Mr. Worley, 33, at the Motel 6 on Fall River Avenue in Seekonk. He had been residing at the motel. Mr. Worley is being charged with Possession Class A Drug, Possession Class B Drug, Armed Robbery, and Fugitive from Justice.

Seekonk Police, working with their counterparts from East Providence as well as other local and federal investigators, worked on a tip involving the possible vehicles the "Bandit" used in his heists.

EPPD Detective Sergeant Diogo Mello was one of the first officers on the scene Wednesday, working the tip of vehicles described as a green Jeep and a red/maroon van.

The final charges filed against Mr. Worley are Possession Class B Drug, Armed Robbery, and Fugitive from Justice. The offense of Possession Class A will not be charged. Arraignment is still expected at Taunton District Court today. The time of arraignment is unknown.

The robbery charge pertains to a bank robbery that occurred at Bank of America, 1021 Fall River Avenue, on February 23, 2012. During this Seekonk robbery, the suspect wore a beard and is believed to be the so-called “Bearded Bandit.” The Fugitive from Justice offense is being charged as Worley is wanted by the East Providence Police Department for two bank robberies.

Any information requests regarding Rhode Island robberies will have to be directed to those respective agencies.

(Updated, Sept. 20, 1:45 p.m.) According to a report on the Attleboro Sun website, Mr. Worley admitted to robbing the Bank of America in Seekonk, a stone's throw away from the Motel 6 where he was captured, during his arraignment Thursday.

Mr. Worley’s lawyer said during the hearing his client denied ever being armed or issuing threats to tellers while committing the crime. His bail was set at $300,000and he is due back in court Oct. 18.

The story also reads that Mr. Worley is an 11-year Army veteran who served in Iraq, his lawyer said.

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