A man shot to death by police following a bank robbery Monday morning is believed to have robbed at least two other Salt Lake businesses and is being investigated in a pair of robberies in Idaho Falls.
Russell Ray Daines, 21, has been identified by witnesses as a possible suspect in two Salt Lake robberies, said robbery squad Sgt. Bill Abbott.About 4:10 p.m. Saturday, a gunman wearing a ski mask on top of his head robbed H & H Market, 39 N. I St., of about $200, which he placed into a small black backpack, said robbery Detective Ray Dalling.
About 4:20 a.m. Friday, a man wearing a ski mask entered the Top Stop convenience store, 1080 E. Fifth South, pointed a gun at the clerk and took $68. The clerk saw the man remove the ski mask after exiting the store, Dalling said.
About 9 a.m. Monday, a bandit stole $1,290 from Key Bank, 280 S. 13th East. Twenty minutes later, police spotted a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car.
The driver ditched the car near 1350 S. 13th East and ran. After a three-hour search, police found Daines hiding in some bushes. A brief chase ensued then Daines raised his arm at Officer J.R. Nelson, who fired three shots, striking Daines in the arm and chest. The man was pronounced dead about 90 minutes later at University Hospital.
Daines' belt was found at the scene of the shooting. It is believed he was holding the belt as though it were a gun. Police also recovered $1,270.
Detectives Tuesday afternoon found a handgun, a small backpack and a ski mask at Daines' home, 609 S. 13th East. They believe Daines dropped the gun off at his home following the bank robbery, then took the money and drove off.
Dalling said an Idaho Falls police detective has requested photographs and prints of Daines, who may have robbed two businesses there.