Police Say Chubby Robber Is Behind Bars

POSTED: Friday, July 10, 2009 - 6:22am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:24pm

For weeks he's been the main suspect in a series of bank heists. Tonight local feds say the infamous "chubby robber" is behind bars. Authorities have identified him as 45-year-old Ismael Serna Moreno of Far East El Paso. In addition to several bank robberies, Moreno is wanted for a series of pawn shop robberies.

NewsChannel 9 was the only station to capture this video of El Paso police and the local FBI agents searching Moreno's home. The alleged robber had been taken into custody moments before. Police charged Moreno with aggravated robbery after they say he held up two local pawn shops. In both cases, Moreno allegedly used a handgun as intimidation.

But Moreno was more famously known as the "chubby robber", a name the FBI dubbed him after they released pictures taken from surveillance video of local bank robberies. After the pictures hit TV authorities say tips flooded in.

The "chubby robber " is named as a suspect in the robbery of two Bank of Americas, a First Federal location, and one Compass Bank. But as of now Moreno has only been charged for one of those robberies.

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