NYC's suspected Holiday Bandit caught in Queens
After giving authorities the slip for three months, the suspected “holiday bandit” was finally busted in Queens on Tuesday.
The FBI and NYPD nabbed Marat Mikhaylich, 35, after he allegedly pulled his ninth armed job at a bank in Edison, N.J., on Monday. Mikhaylich made a getaway by stealing a 2007 Toyota Camry, the FBI said.
Police said they tracked down the car to 91st Avenue in Woodhaven by reviewing surveillance cameras that read license plates. He was arrested around 9:30 a.m. without incident.
Ukraine-born Mikhaylich earned his nickname because he began his spree around the holidays, hitting up banks in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and New Jersey.
The holiday bandit became the city’s most-wanted bank robber after he kept evading authorities despite his identity being known because of security camera footage and fingerprints on bank notes, the FBI said.
Mikhaylich on Tuesday was waiting arraignment in Brooklyn Federal Court.
“This should serve as a stark reminder to anyone who wishes to brandish a weapon, rob a bank and put the lives of innocent civilians at risk: We will find you and bring you to justice,” FBI Assistant Director in Charge Janice Fedarcyk said in a statement.
The FBI said Mikhaylich made off with $80,000 in his nine alleged heists.