A San Diego model accused of robbing three banks in two days in Connecticut appeared in court for the first time Thursday to face a prior charge.
David Byers, 34, of Solana Beach, California, a professional model, pleaded not guilty to one count of grand theft for stealing a rowing machine from a gym in a Pacific Beach apartment complex in San Diego. He failed to appear in court in March on the charge.
He also faces robbery, larceny and reckless endangerment charges connected to his recent crimes.
Byers allegedly robbed three banks in Greenwich, Conn.
The robberies at a Chase bank on East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich were about a mile away from a Citgo gas station in Cos Cob that was also robbed during a 48-hour crime spree.
A copy of the FBI search warrant revealed Byers also allegedly stole a Range Rover and emailed photos of the cash he stole to his girlfriend.
Greenwich Police determined the 34-year-old suspect had fled to San Diego and informed authorities in California. He was arrested at 12 a.m. (PST) Wednesday in San Diego's North Park neighborhood.
Elysha Ramin was behind the register of the Citgo on Monday night when a man he described as calm came in with his face covered and showed what looked like a gun.
“He said he would not hurt me, so I gave him the money as quickly as possible, and then he left,” Ramin said.
“Clearly this person has some level of desperation to commit three crimes of this nature one after the other,” Greenwich Police Captain Kraig Gray said.
Despite a manhunt helmed by a slew of law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and New York State Police, the suspect managed to evade authorities for weeks.
Byers also allegedly led Yuma, Arizona authorities on a pursuit and escaped in a stolen Range Rover; he will likely face charges in Arizona as well.
Byers' bond was set at $35,000. He is set to appear in court again May 15.