‘Ball Cap Bandit’ caughtPublished 10:29am Friday, March 22, 2013
The FBI has arrested a man who was charged with robbing the Traditions Bank in Priceville last year and is linked to numerous other cases in the North Alabama and Southern Tennessee.
Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Richard D. Schwein, Jr., announced Thursday that Cedrick Lamond Hicks, 33 of Huntsville was captured without incident after a car stop near the intersection of 14th Street and Sixth Avenue SE in Decatur at approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Hicks was not armed at the time of arrest.
Hicks, became known as the “ball cap bandit” for wearing a baseball cap during the robberies. In August of last year the FBI, in cooperation with Lamar Outdoor Advertising, put up electronic billboards in Alabama and Tennessee in an effort to identify Hicks. He is a suspect in the following robberies:
• Peoples Bank – Guntersville, AL – August 2, 2012;
• Traditions Banks – Priceville, AL – August 8, 2012;
• Cadence Bank – Albertville, AL – September 18, 2012;
• First National Bank – Pulaski, TN – September 19, 2012
• Traditions Bank – Cullman, AL – November 26, 2012;
• Regions Bank – Rogersville, AL – November 27, 2012;
• Peoples Trust Bank – Hamilton, AL – January 7, 2013;
• ServisFirst Bank – Huntsville, AL – March 6, 2013
Assisting in the capture of Hicks were the United States Marshal’s Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Decatur Police Department.
SAC Schwein lauded the efforts of those involved: “I want to express my sincere thanks to the Decatur Police Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Service for their invaluable assistance in taking Mr. Hicks off the street to face justice.”
“This arrest was a great cooperative effort between all the agencies to bring this matter to a successful conclusion”, said U.S. Marshal Martin Keely.
The public is reminded that suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. It is the government’s responsibility to prove a defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.