GOLETA (AP) — A California man suspected in multiple bank robberies throughout the state killed himself just hours after holding up one last bank, authorities said Saturday.
A male suspect flashed a gun and presented a note demanding cash from a teller at a bank in Goleta on Friday, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
After getting away with an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect drove to a nearby nail salon and locked himself inside a bathroom, officials said.
Police evacuated about 15 people and surrounded the small business. They later entered the building with a dog team and found Keith David Goodwin, 41, dead in the bathroom from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, a sheriff’s statement said.
Goodwin, of Fresno, was suspected of robbing at least nine banks over the past two months, the statement said.
He was identified via a license plate-reading surveillance camera after allegedly robbing a bank in Danville on July 12 and taking off in a red Nissan Altima, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Danville police detectives secured a warrant for Goodwin’s arrest two days later and worked closely with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to find him, the newspaper said.
Investigators said the suspect in the Goleta robbery drove away from the bank in a red Nissan Altima.