FW police say they've nabbed the 'Goose'


by By DAN X. McGRAW / The Dallas Morning News


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 2:57 PM

Surveillance photo
Shams Emil Masters is believed to be responsible for five bank holdups.

FORT WORTH - The Goose is no longer on the loose.

Fort Worth police today arrested a man believed to be the bank robber known as "Goose" for his resemblance to a character in the movie Top Gun.

Shams Emil Masters, 30, was arrested by the Fort Worth police SWAT team this morning in the 2800 block of Livingston Avenue in southwest Fort Worth, said Lt. Paul Henderson, a police spokesman.

Masters is accused of robbing five banks since May.

The latest robbery that police have connected to Masters occurred at a Washington Mutual in the 5000 block of South Hulen Street on Tuesday. In that instance, police said he left empty handed because a teller didn't have any money.

Authorities had feared "Goose" was getting more violent because his demand note on Tuesday was laced with profanity and threatened the teller, Lt. Henderson said. He had used a similar note in previous robberies, but witnesses said he appeared more frustrated and agitated than before, Lt. Henderson said.

Police tracked Masters after receiving tips from street informants, Lt. Henderson said.

"We are very relieved and glad to have Masters behind bars," Lt. Henderson said. "This 'Goose' has finally crashed and burned."