VALLEJO -- An Oakland man arrested after a bank robbery almost three weeks ago, then released from County Jail in Martinez last week, is back in police custody.

Police arrested Gary C. Fite Jr., 22, near the intersection of Tennessee and Humboldt streets in Vallejo on Tuesday morning, Pinole police Cmdr. Pete Janke said. Fite is the main suspect in the March 1 robbery of a Mechanics Bank on Pinole Valley Road.

A police task force had been searching for Fite since he was released from the jail on March 5 after local authorities failed to file charges in a timely manner. The FBI worked with Pinole and Vallejo police, the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office and the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office to track down Fite, Janke said. Tips from the public led authorities to Fite, the FBI said.

Police took Fite and his alleged getaway driver, Regina Dean, 37, of Antioch, to County Jail in Martinez after their arrest. Fite was booked on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy, possession of stolen property, vehicle pursuit and possession of a stolen firearm. Dean, 37, was held on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy and vehicle pursuit.

However, Pinole police investigators failed to meet a72-hour deadline to file charges and the jail was left with no choice but to release both of them. Dean was arrested again on March 6, but Fite had remained a fugitive since then.

Fite was booked back into County Jail in Martinez and is scheduled to appear in federal court in Oakland on Wednesday morning.


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Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Pinole Police Department at 510-724-8950.

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