Bicycling bank robber nabbed

47-year-old used disguises

An accused bank robber with a penchant for disguises and bicycles was arrested after nearly a year's search in Georgia and the surrounding states.

Roswell police apprehended Carlos H. Arango-Mejia, 47. The suspect is in custody at the Roswell Detention Center, being held without bond.

Arango-Mejia currently stands accused of two counts of bank robbery, both at the Bank of America on Alpharetta Highway in Roswell March 8 and July 25. More charges are likely against the suspect accused of using costumes and bicycles to rob various banks from March until December 26, 2007.

According to a report in the Appen Newspapers, the federal bureau of investigation and various police agencies in Georgia and South Carolina believe Arango-Mejia is responsible for at least nine other robberies throughout North Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett and Forsyth counties and Greer, South Carolina.

Lt. James McGee, a spokesman for the Roswell Police Department, said it wasn't one piece of information that led police to Arango-Mejia. Rather, it was a task force of investigators each bringing small bits to the table.

"It was like piecing together a puzzle," he told the newspaper.

According to investigators, Roswell police obtained a warrant for Arango-Mejia's arrest December 27. The suspect was found at a home in Doraville January 2 just after 11:30 p.m.

McGee said it is unknown whether the home is Arango-Mejia's.

"We don't know if it's a flop place," he said. "That's one of the things we're trying to nail down."

The suspect complained of medical problems and was taken to North Fulton Regional Hospital January 3, and is being uncooperative, according to McGee. Arango-Mejia was moved to the Fulton County jail and will be held indefinitely.

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