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Police capture suspect wanted in robbery of Girard Avenue bank

Philadelphia Police Monday released a mug shot of Hector Martinez, 29, who apparently didn’t have time to squeeze a haircut in before cops nabbed him for allegedly robbing a Hyperion Bank branch on Girard Avenue near 2nd Street Oct. 12.

Police capture suspect wanted in robbery of Girard Avenue bank

Hector Martinez / Philadelphia Police
Hector Martinez / Philadelphia Police

Philadelphia Police Monday released a mug shot of Hector Martinez, 29, who apparently didn’t have time to squeeze a haircut in before cops nabbed him for allegedly robbing a Hyperion Bank branch on Girard Avenue near 2nd Street Oct. 12.

FBI spokesman Agent J.J. Klaver said last week that two eagle-eyed Daily News readers – who recognized the alleged bandit despite the fact that the surveillance still of him featured in the Oct. 20 “Catch Me if You Can” item did not show off his unique hairstyle – tipped off authorities to where he lived. He was arrested Thursday at his home on Torresdale Avenue near Unruh in Tacony.

During the course of the robbery, police said, Martinez presented the teller with a threatening demand note and fled with an undisclosed sum of cash. He faces charges of bank robbery and related offenses.

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