Man accused of robbing local banks arrested

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KITTANNING, Pa. —

A man police said is linked to Pittsburgh-area bank robberies was arrested Wednesday.
 
For nearly eight months, police said 48-year-old William Mathews, Jr. was able to elude them.
 
"I just happened to look out the window and I saw what looked like six or eight police cars in the bank parking lot for a couple hours,” said Jim Carley.
 
Carley remembers the day the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Kittanning was hit.  He lives next door.
 
Investigators said Mathews also robbed the First National Bank in Herminie and the First Commonwealth Bank in New Stanton.
 
In two instances, police said Mathews pulled out a gun.  Each time, he ran off with a decent amount of cash, they said.