Authorities nab suspect wanted for robberies



FBI agents and Lower Merion Town­ship po­lice on Tues­day ar­res­ted a man wanted in con­nec­tion with two bank rob­ber­ies in the North­east last month.

Brandon Shields, 29, provided po­lice with a home ad­dress on the 1100 block of Eyre St. in Fishtown, but court doc­u­ments list him as a res­id­ent of Ben­s­alem, Bucks County.

He was wanted in Phil­adelphia for rob­bing the Cit­izens Bank at 6537 Castor Ave. on Dec. 6 and the PNC Bank at 6855 Frank­ford Ave. on Dec. 7. In each case, he al­legedly presen­ted a de­mand note to a tell­er, then fled with an un­dis­closed amount of cash.

Phil­adelphia po­lice, who an­nounced the ar­rest on Wed­nes­day, did not dis­close the cir­cum­stances of Shields’ cap­ture in the sub­urb­an Mont­gomery County town­ship.

On Wed­nes­day, Shields re­mained in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, of which he would have to post 10 per­cent to earn his re­lease. He is charged loc­ally with mul­tiple counts of rob­bery, theft, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, as­sault and re­lated of­fenses. No fed­er­al charges have been an­nounced.

Shields pre­vi­ously was con­victed of com­mit­ting a May 3, 2006, rob­bery in Phil­adelphia and was sen­tenced to 18 to 36 months in state pris­on.

He also was con­victed of theft in con­nec­tion with an April 15, 2002, stolen auto case in Phil­adelphia and sen­tenced to six to 23 months in pris­on, fol­lowed by one year pro­ba­tion. ••

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