Serial Bank Robber and Accomplices Captured
May 27, 2008
The Mesa Police Department booked barricaded subject and serial
bank robber, Derek Kyle Nance, 29, on Monday, April 21, 2008.
Police have linked Nance to a total of five bank robberies that
occurred from March 27, 2008 to April 11, 2008 across the East
Valley. In all of the bank robberies committed by Nance, he
would enter the bank and pass a demand note to the teller.
Nance was captured by Mesa Police last Wednesday, April 16,
after he committed two bank robberies, each within a brief time
period. Nance also car-jacked a vehicle and barricaded himself
inside an East Mesa home for several hours. While in the
residence, Nance removed his clothing and took several
prescription pills that were in the home.
In addition, defendants Christopher Lewis Ashe, 18, and Michael
Lee Prescott, 18, were arrested and booked for robbery. Ashe,
Prescott and two female juveniles accompanied Nance to the banks
where the robberies were committed last Wednesday. Ashe and
Prescott told police Nance informed them he needed to pick up
money from a friend at a bank. When they drove Nance to a
Compass Bank in Mesa, Nance asked Ashe, who was the driver of
the vehicle, to park in the back of the bank. Nance further
stated he was going to rob the bank and "it might get a little
wild." After Nance committed the robbery, Ashe drove him to a
Bank of America in Mesa. Ashe stated Nance put on a hat,
sunglasses, and a button-up shirt, then walked into the bank and
committed the robbery. A short time later, Ashe and Prescott
were detained in the Bank of America parking lot by police.
A team effort by all the involved East Valley cities has led to
the culmination of Nance's robbery spree.