PHOENIX — The FBI says a man accused of being the “Blues Bandit” and robbing eight banks in the Phoenix metro area since last October has been arrested.

They say 35-year-old Juan Rivera Jr. was taken into custody Thursday by Phoenix police and the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force.

In the robberies that occurred October 2016 and May 2017, a man wearing a suit, fedora-like hat and glasses displayed a note demanding money and threatened the use of a weapon.

The FBI say Rivera became a suspect after authorities discovered the identity of the owner of the vehicle used in the robberies.

Rivera has been charged in a criminal complaint.

It was unclear Friday if Rivera has a lawyer yet.

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