Police nab suspected bank robber

Victor Malaro

Victor Malaro

KINGMAN - Victor Malaro's alleged one-man crime wave ended Thursday after he was arrested hours after a bank robbery on Stockton Hill Road.

Malaro was tracked down by a Mohave County Sheriff's K-9 handler behind the Chevron Station on West Beale Street four hours after he allegedly held up the Mohave State Bank around 11 a.m. "It's a big relief to have him in custody," said Sgt. Bob Fisk with the Kingman Police Department.

Malaro was found in possession of a gun when he was arrested, but no gun was displayed during Thursday's robbery. Instead, he showed clerks an improvised device that he left behind on the counter. Fisk said the device had no blasting caps and was not an active explosive device.

Malaro was tracked to the area by dozens of police units after his vehicle was found downtown. The police will release further information at a news conference today.

Police believe the 41-year-old Malaro is responsible for at least three other robberies since October, including two separate National Bank of Arizona locations in Golden Valley and Bullhead City and a health food store in downtown Kingman.

Malaro is also a "person of interest" in the armed robbery of the King Tut's mini-mart on Highway 68 Nov. 11. A 19-year-old clerk in that incident was shot after police say he didn't move fast enough for the suspect's liking.

Malaro is also wanted for a home invasion in San Bernardino County Sept. 9. The Sun reported that Malaro and 44-year-old Fred Allen Nash broke into a Highland home while three adults and two children were inside. The two men allegedly robbed the homeowners at gunpoint and fled in a dark-colored SUV.

Nash was arrested Nov. 11 after the car he was riding in was pulled over after leaving a casino in Laughlin.

Malaro's last known address is in Golden Valley. He was pulled over by a deputy with the Mohave County Sheriff's Office on Zuni Drive in Golden Valley Aug. 8 and found to be in possession of a stolen Bersa 380 automatic pistol that Malaro said he bought at a swap meet.