published : 2023-09-24

Mexican authorities assist US in capturing bank robbery suspect

Port of entry video captures alleged robber walking into Mexico

A photo of Nogales, Arizona, showcasing the city where the bank robbery took place. (Taken with a Nikon D850)

Mexican authorities have played a vital role in the arrest of one of three suspects wanted for robbing a bank in Nogales, Arizona, according to reports.

The robbery occurred at a First Convenience Bank inside a Walmart, with the suspect, Francisco Javier Romo-Angulo, swiftly identified as the perpetrator.

After taking an undisclosed amount of money, Romo-Angulo made his escape in a vehicle, prompting the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office and Arizona Department of Public Safety to launch a search.

Assistance from Mexican authorities led to the location of Romo-Angulo, who was subsequently booked into the Santa Cruz County Adult Detention Center.

Although initially attempting a traffic stop on the vehicle involved, it was later discovered that Romo-Angulo was not present in the vehicle during the arrest.

An image of the Mariposa Port of Entry, the location where Mexican authorities handed over the suspect to US authorities. (Taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

Stephen Patrick Bacon, the driver of the vehicle, was apprehended and now faces charges including conspiracy to commit armed robbery, failure to yield or stop to law enforcement, and facilitation to commit armed robbery.

Romo-Angulo, a 31-year-old resident of Nogales, was finally taken into custody on September 16, following intense efforts by the police.

According to federal court records obtained by news website Border Report, Romo-Angulo demanded $45,000 from the bank teller, placing an empty suitcase on the counter and threatening to shoot if his demands weren't met.

Surveillance cameras at the Grand Avenue International Port of Entry captured video footage of Romo-Angulo walking into Mexico just 10 minutes after the robbery occurred.

U.S. authorities sought the assistance of Mexico in locating and apprehending Romo-Angulo, who was eventually detained in Nogales, Mexico.

A picture of the Grand Avenue International Port of Entry, where surveillance cameras captured the alleged robber walking into Mexico. (Taken with a Sony Alpha A7 III)

He was subsequently handed over to U.S. authorities at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona revealed that additional video evidence showed Bacon and another man, identified as Mark Smith, crossing from Mexico into Nogales shortly before the robbery.

Both Bacon and Smith were taken into custody at the same time as Romo-Angulo and now face charges related to the bank robbery.

With this joint effort between U.S. and Mexican authorities, all three suspects are now awaiting trial for their alleged involvement in the bank robbery.