FBI Phoenix
Jill McCabe
(623) 466-1844
October 24, 2017

Fashion Forward Bandit Suspect Arrested

PHOENIX, AZ—On Monday, October 23, 2017, the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Kip Lessard, 26, without incident at his home in Chandler, Arizona.

Lessard is charged in a federal criminal complaint with 16 robberies associated with the Fashion Forward bandit series where the suspect targeted banks, fast food restaurants, grocery stores, and a pet store. Lessard was transferred to the custody of the U.S. Marshals October 24, 2017.

The FBI would like to thank the Peoria Police Department, Chandler Police Department, Glendale Police Department, Tempe Police Department, Scottsdale Police Department, Surprise Police Department, Gilbert Police Department, and the Mesa Police Department. We would also like to thank the media and the public for their assistance with this case.

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 booking photos. No further information will be released at this time.

MAGISTRATE NUMBER: 2:17-mj-00466-MHB