A suspect sought in numerous bank robberies in the Josephine County area since March 2013 was arrested Monday after he was spotted driving in southern Josephine County by Oregon State Police and Grants Pass Department of Public Safety detectives following a Grants Pass bank robbery that morning.
Monday at 11:38 a.m., Grants Pass Police responded to a robbery at Chase Bank, inside Fred Meyer at 1101 Grants Pass Parkway. A male suspect armed with a firearm in his waistband approached a teller and presented a note demanding cash. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Based upon the suspect's similar description in two previous Grants Pass-area bank robberies, the suspect may have been driving a mid-size four door vehicle.
OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives and a GPDPS detective where clearing from the Kerby area following an arrest of a suspect in a shooting investigation. As they drove northbound they spotted a similar vehicle driven by a man matching the suspect's description in the Grants Pass robbery as well as two robberies in the Cave Junction area, one of which occurred last Friday, September 13.
At 12:32 p.m., OSP detectives and a trooper stopped the vehicle in the 24000 address block of Redwood Highway and took the suspect, MARK ALAN CARDINAL, age 58, from Gasquet, California, into custody. CARDINAL was transported to Grants Pass Public Safety building for interviews by local, state and FBI investigators.
Detectives identified CARDINAL as the suspect in three Grants Pass bank robberies and two bank robberies at the Sterling Bank branch in Cave Junction that occurred April 8, 2013 and September 13, 2013.
CARDINAL was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on 3 counts of Bank Robbery and Theft in the First Degree. Additional charges are pending related to the Cave Junction bank robbery investigations.