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Marshals capture supremacist, bank robber

U.S. marshals in Alabama arrested a former Grants Pass resident and known white supremacist Monday on suspicion of violating his parole and robbing at least one bank.

David McFarland, 29, has a criminal record stretching back to a drive-by shooting when he was 15 in Grants Pass. He had a criminal record long enough to make him an armed career criminal when he was sentenced to eight years in federal prison in 1999 for using fake identification to buy a pistol in Medford.

McFarland served his original federal sentence at a federal penitentiary in Marion, Ill. There, he was documented as being associated with a white supremacist prison gang known as the Dirty White Boys. McFarland has both "Dirty White Boys" and "Aryan Brotherhood" tattoos, officials said.

Since his release from prison, he violated the supervision he was place under and became a fugitive, authorities said. As a fugitive, McFarland has become the main suspect in multiple armed bank robberies and was described by the FBI as a "serial bank robber," the U.S. marshals said in a news release today.

He was indicted in an Oct. 10 bank robbery in Spartanburg, S.C., and additional bank robbery charges are being investigated in several states.

Marshals in Medford coordinated information that McFarland and his girlfriend were in the Harvest, Ala., area. Authorities in Alabama set up surveillance on a house and saw McFarland and his girlfriend getting into a car.

Marshals boxed-in the vehicle at a four-way stop and McFarland was arrested without incident, authorities said. At the time of his arrest, McFarland claimed to be Marshall Rauper and produced a fake identification card in that name.

McFarland is being held as a federal prisoner in Alabama.

— Anita Burke