'Handsome Guy' bandit nabbed in Mississippi

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Associated Press

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 3 at 6:11 PM

Jackson County, Mississippi

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A Texas man who may be responsible for more than half a dozen Dallas-area bank holdups was arrested Tuesday in Jackson County, Miss.

Steven Ray Milam, 44, had been sought by Richardson, Texas, police after a Saturday morning incident in which a police officer who responded to a robbery call was fired on.

Jackson County, Miss., Sheriff Mike Byrd said Milam was spotted by deputies in a red BMW on Interstate 10 on Tuesday.

"They ran his tag as he passed by and it came up he was wanted in Texas," Byrd said.

Byrd said officers tried to stop the vehicle at about 10 a.m. near Gautier but Milan kept driving.

Byrd said deputies threw down tire-spikes to halt Milan three different times, but he kept driving.

"That's when I pulled up beside him and shot out his tire," Byrd said. "We had cleared the interstate before I did it."

Milam was arrested when the car came to a stop.

Richardson police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Perlich said the first police unit to arrive at the bank Saturday received gunfire from the suspect. While there were at least three bullet holes in a squad car, no one was injured.

Police said Milam is a suspect in the robberies of more than a half dozen banks in the last year, wearing a latex mask each time. Perlich said Milam was wanted for attempted capital murder of a police officer and bank robbery.

Byrd said Milam is known as the "Handsome Guy Bandit" and the "Hollywood Bandit" in Texas, Byrd said.

"He would wear expensive costume masks, about $600, and rob banks," Byrd said. "They named him the 'Handsome Guy Bandit' because of the realistic-looking mask covering his head during robberies."

Byrd said Milam was taken to a local hospital after vomiting in the back of a patrol car. He said when Milam is released he will be held for Texas authorities.

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