Elusive Squirrel Hill bank robbery suspect caught

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PITTSBURGH —

Pittsburgh police say a man who robbed four banks in the city's Squirrel Hill neighborhood this year, including the same branch twice in one week, is now in custody.

A task force led by federal marshals arrested 33-year-old Joseph Guiney Jr. on Tuesday at an apartment building in Verona on Milltown Road.  

Guiney reportedly pointed a pistol at a teller and said, "Give it up. You gave it up last week, so give it up again."

Guiney was being interviewed at police headquarters and was then to be arraigned on charges for four robberies that began March 27. The other three have been robbed since Halloween.

“In three out of the first four, he would enter a bank, approach a teller and pass a note demanding money. He would also make verbal threats,” Pittsburgh Police Lt. Kevin Krause said.

Krause said the apartment Guiney was arrested inside of belongs to his girlfriend, and she is not a person of interest. He also said officers seized cash stained with red ink from exploding bank packages.