Peoria bank robbery suspect to appear in court this week

George Mitchell (Peoria PD)

A 66-year-old man is suspected of robbing three banks in less than one week and then injuring three officers after a short pursuit in Peoria.

George C. Mitchell of the Dos Rios community was jailed in lieu of a $100,000 cash-only bond after his Jan. 31 arrest.

Peoria police said he is connected to the following robberies:

  • Jan. 31, Wells Fargo, Lake Pleasant Parkway and Happy Valley Road
  • Jan. 28: Chase, Vistancia Boulevard and El Mirage Road
  • Jan. 24: Chase, Lake Pleasant Parkway and Happy Valley Road

A probable cause statement released Monday morning by Maricopa County Superior Court states Mr. Mitchell walked into the Wells Fargo Thursday evening and presented a demand note to an employee that reads “This is a robbery remain calm give me all your money I don’t want to hurt anyone don’t touch any electronic switches.”

However, a branch manager intervened and asked for identification and a debit card. The manager began calling police, which Mr. Mitchell responded to by fleeing without any money.

An officer involved with the first robbery in this series was at a restaurant when he saw the suspect drive by. Mr. Mitchell’s vehicle reportedly traveled through several parking lots, nearly hitting a vehicle, before exiting and heading west on Happy Valley.

Near the intersection of 115th Avenue, two police vehicles blocked Mr. Mitchell’s Kia Optima. However, police stated Mr. Mitchell “rammed” into both vehicles, whose officers sustained minor injuries. Mr. Mitchell was arrested without further incident.

In all three robberies, Mr. Mitchell appeared apologetic for his actions.

“I’m sorry I don’t usually do this. I’m gonna return this,” he said in the Jan. 24 robbery.

“I hate to do this to you and I’m very sorry, but I need you to give me the money,” he said Jan. 28. “Please don’t press the button and don’t tell your manager. I will give back the money in the night drop.”

Mr. Mitchell reportedly stole north of $3,000 between the first two robberies, records state.

He faces two counts of robbery, three counts of aggravated assault on police, and one count each of unlawful flight from police and attempted robbery.

His next court appearances are Feb. 7 and 11.

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