Suspected Serial Bank Robber Nabbed

Thursday, March 26th 2009, 5:36 pm
By: News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY - The FBI announced Thursday the arrest of a women in connection to four bank robberies in the city.

According to police, 30-year-old Briona Marie Matthews was apprehended at about 1:50 p.m. without incident after a sealed criminal complaint was filed Thursday afternoon.

"We do believe she is the individual responsible for four bank robberies in the Oklahoma City area," said FBI spokesman Gary Johnson.

Matthews had allegedly presented demand notes at four area banks including BancFirst, 11001 N. May on March 4, Chase Bank, 12324 N. May on March 10, First Fidelity Bank, 2825 NW 164th Street on March 12, and Bank of the West on March 19, all of which were in Oklahoma City.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and Oklahoma City Police Department.

"She recently moved to Oklahoma City, so very few people if any knew her in this area," Johnson said. "That hindered our investigation."

Forensic analysis was conducted by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Oklahoma City Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Oklahoma.