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Suspect may have robbed bank twice

Citizen Staff Writer


Citizen Staff Writer

A Stafford man involved in a five-hour standoff with Tucson police after he barricaded himself in a mobile home this week last week is under arrest on suspicion of robbing a North Side bank twice.

Johnny A. Corona, 32, was charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the Wednesday and Aug. 22 robberies of the Wells Fargo Bank branch at 3655 E. Grant Road.

After Wednesday’s robbery, police tracked Corona to a friend’s mobile home in the 3700 block of East Farr Place, and he refused to come out, said Sgt. Judy Altieri, a police spokeswoman.

SWAT officers evacuated at least 50 residents from surrounding homes, and police negotiators tried to talk him into coming out, police said. After negotiations failed, police fired tear gas into the home, and Corona surrendered about 9 p.m., police said.

Detective Sgt. John Figueroa said that in both bank robberies, a man walked into the bank, pulled a pistol, demanded cash from a teller and walked out with an undisclosed amount of money.

Corona also was booked on an outstanding burglary warrant in an unrelated case, police said.

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