‘Route 91 bandit’ suspect arrested in connection to multiple bank robberies in New England

The FBI shared this photo of Taylor Dziczek.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WLNE) — A Chicopee man that become known as the “Route 91 bandit” was arrested Thursday in connection to multiple bank robberies across New England.

Taylor Dziczek, 30, was arrested on charges of robbing a Connecticut bank earlier this year.

He’s also the suspect of several other bank robberies that happened in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

The 30-year-old is a suspect linked to 14 robberies and one attempted robbery of banks and credit unions, according to federal prosecutors. They believe each of these robberies were committed by Dziczek between September 2021 and August 2022.

Dziczek was later identified as the suspect who robbed the Peoples United Bank on East Street in Plainville, Connecticut, on May 26, 2022.

Police said Dziczek handed the bank teller a note that said, “I have a gun. Don’t call 911. Don’t set off any alarms.” The teller then stated that she did not have any more money.

Dziczek allegedly pulled out what appeared to be a gun from the front pocket of his sweatshirt, saying, “Give me all the money,” “I have a gun,” and “don’t be a hero.”

Police said the suspect removed some of the paper money wrappers from the stolen money and then fled the scene.

On Oct. 21, FBI special agents surveilled Dziczek while he was in the MGM Casino in Springfield. They retrieved a Red Bull energy drink can with a black straw that the suspect had been drinking.

Prosecutors said that laboratory analysis connected DNA found on the black straw to DNA found on discarded money wrappers from the Plainville bank robbery.

The FBI Boston Division said Thursday Dziczek was arrested without incident at his home.

If found guilty of these crimes, Dziczek could face 20 years in prison.

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