BERKELEY -- A man wanted in the Jan. 6 armed robbery of a bank on Solano Avenue was arrested in Missouri the same day that police put his name in a national registry.

James Craig Davis, 33, of San Pablo, was arrested by a sheriff's deputy in Platte County, Miss. on Jan. 22, after Berkeley detectives got an arrest warrant and submitted Davis' name to state and national crime databases. The deputy arrested Davis without incident after learning he was wanted in the robbery during a traffic stop, Berkeley police said in a statement.

The bank robbery was reported about 9:23 a.m. at the Mechanics Bank at 1801 Solano Avenue. Davis entered the bank, displayed a handgun, and demanded cash from a teller.

Detectives took security photos from the bank and distributed them to law enforcement officers throughout the region. Less than a day later, a Marin County Sheriff's deputy recognized the suspect in the photo and notified detectives.

Detectives working the case ultimately identified Davis and obtained the warrant. A Berkeley police spokeswoman would not say how the deputy recognized Davis.

Davis has already been extradited to California, Berkeley police said.

Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.



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