Multi-state bank robbery suspect arrested following high-speed chase

LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) - A pair of Arizona natives wanted in a string of bank robberies in New Mexico and Arizona were arrested after a dangerous high-speed chase that led law enforcement through the streets of Las Cruces Thursday night.

Zachary Reeder, 29, and Cassandra Webb, 28, were both arrested Thursday night on federal charges after a joint operation including FBI Task Force Officers, LCPD's Gang Task Force and Metro Narcotics Unit.

Investigators initially learned that a man was possibly selling guns and drugs out of the Walmart parking lot at 1550 South Valley Drive in Las Cruces on Thursday. Undercover agents conducted surveillance on Reeder's white Acura, which they learned had been reported stolen in Lordsburg.

When officers attempted to stop Reeder, he led them on a high speed chase through streets in Las Cruces and on I-10 East and West. The chase finally came to an end after Reeder allegedly drove through multiple fences, hit police cars, and finally a telephone pole before coming to rest near NM Hwy 28 and Apodaca Rd. south of Mesilla.

Police say they found three Federal 20-gauge shotgun shells and one Remington 20-gauge shotgun shell in a black fanny pack around Reeder's waist. They also searched a hotel where Webb and Reeder were allegedly staying and found a sawed off shotgun.

Reeder was also suspected in three bank robberies across two states. Webb, who told investigators she was in a relationship with Reeder, but had only began dating him a month ago, said she acted as the getaway driver for robberies Mesa, Arizona on July 8 and in Deming, New Mexico on July 13.

She also told federal authorities that she'd driven to Silver City with Reeder on July 12 with the intention of robbing a bank there, but the bank was closed when they arrived.

The FBI claims that Reeder also matches the description of a man suspected of robbing a Silver City bank on May 19.

Reeder was charged with Assault on a Peace officer, Firearms Possession by a Felon and Robbery. Webb was also charged with Robbery. All charges against the pair are federal charges and they are each being held without bond in the Doña Ana County Detention Center.

 

This article originally posted on ElPasoProud.com


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