The Band-Aids gave a would-be bank robber away, police said, but the detailed descriptions and observations from witnesses led to his arrest Monday afternoon.
Officers from District C-6 (South Boston) found their man – who police have now named the ‘Band-Aid Bandit’ – in a Burger King bathroom minutes after he held up a South Boston bank on Nov. 2.
According to a police report, officers responded to a radio call around 2:50 p.m. to search for a man who robbed the Citizens Bank at 441 West Broadway. The report said the bandit motioned to a teller that he had a gun before making away with nearly $3,500 in cash.
Police dispatchers interviewed the teller who described the suspect as a 50 to 60-year-old white male with Band-Aids and scars on his face, wearing a gray and white striped sweater.
An officer in the area spotted a man who matched the description walking into the Burger King at the corner of D Street and West Broadway, “specifically noticing the Band-Aid on his face,” the Boston Police Department news blog said.
When officers entered the Burger King, employees directed them to the bathroom, where they found the suspect sitting on the toilet with the bundle of money in his left pocket, according to the police report. No weapons were found on the suspect when he was detained.
The suspect was later identified as 53-year-old Robert Wixon of Boston, who gave his home address as 444 Harrison Ave. – also known as Pine Street Inn.
Officers reported that when they attempted to arrest Wixon, the suspect resisted, spitting on officers as they tried to detain him. Throughout the struggle officers noticed Wixon had a head laceration from an earlier altercation at Andrew Square, and sent him to Boston Medical Center.
Following treatment, Wixon was charged with armed robbery and assault and battery on a police officer.