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  • UPDATED: Suspect in Eugene-area bank robberies has Jackson County links

  • EUGENE, Ore. — The FBI has arrested a bank robbery suspect it dubbed the “Tall Man” during a string of six recent holdups in the Eugene-Springfield area.
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  • 2:57 p.m. The FBI has arrested a bank robbery suspect it dubbed the “Tall Man” during a string of six recent holdups in the Eugene-Springfield area.
    The FBI said 25-year-old Chet Evans was picked up Thursday morning in north Portland.
    10:55 a.m. EUGENE, Ore. — The FBI has identified a man it calls the "Tall Man" robber, who has hit six banks in the Eugene-Springfield area in five weeks.
    The agency said in a court document it's looking for Evans. He's described as 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds. He previously had addresses in Ashland and Medford but recently has been living in a Eugene hotel, a federal affidavit says.
    Tellers say he's nervous and shaking during the stickups.
    The affidavit said a parole officer reported Monday that Evans resembled published pictures of the robber.
    The Register-Guard reported that officers at a Eugene hotel questioned a woman who identified herself as Evans' girlfriend. They said they found clothing matching that of the robber and other evidence including two robbery notes and a global positioning system device with the locations of three of the robbed banks mapped.
    A reward of up to $2,000 was offered for information about Evans or the robberies.
    The most recent robbery was Monday. Four of the banks were in grocery or department stores.
    Evans has a record of involvement in mostly minor crimes in Jackson and Coos counties. Court records indicate that he has outstanding warrants in Jackson County for possession of heroin and second-degree theft.
    — Associated Press
    Information from: The Register-Guard, www.registerguard.com
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