FBI Phoenix
Brooke Brennan and Kevin Smith
(623) 466-1999
February 22, 2017

“Barrel Chested Bandit” Arrested

TUCSON, AZ—On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, FBI agents arrested Anthony James Lane, 50, who is believed to be the “Barrel Chested Bandit.” Lane was arrested without incident, in Tucson, by FBI agents from Phoenix FBI’s Tucson Resident Agency and with assistance from the Tucson Police Department.

Lane is a suspect in 11 bank robberies across Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado between August 24, 2016 and February 4, 2017.

The FBI would like to thank the Tucson Police Department who is working this case jointly with the FBI and our law enforcement partners in Texas, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. The FBI would especially like to thank the media and the public for the numerous tips that led to the suspect’s arrest. If deemed applicable, reward payments will be made at the conclusion of the investigation. As a matter of policy, the FBI does not publicly release the identity of those who provide tips.

The suspect has been charged in a criminal complaint, filed in federal court. A complaint is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for Arizona at http://www.azd.uscourts.gov/ or on PACER https://www.pacer.gov/

In accordance with our policy, the FBI does not provide mug shots. No further information will be released at this time.