'Broadway bandit' suspect in custody

- The so-called Broadway bandit is behind bars.

The FBI-NYPD Violent Crimes Task Force arrested a man in Manhattan Wednesday night that authorities believe has robbed at least seven banks in the past two weeks on a 3.5-mile stretch of Broadway, according to the FBI.

The task force busted Jaime Frierson, 47, near 145th Street just after 6 p.m. Wednesday. The FBI said cops and agents arrested him "without incident."

Frierson appeared before a judge on Thursday on bank robbery charges. The judge ordered him held without bail.

It is unclear how much money the robber stole, but the FBI believes it was thousands of dollars. The robberies occurred in broad daylight, officials said. They include the following locations:

• The HSBC Bank at 125 Union Square West at Broadway and 17th Street on Aug. 16, in an attempted robbery;

• The Chase Bank at 1260 Broadway at 32nd Street on Aug. 16, in a robbery;

• The Chase Bank at 2099 Broadway at 73rd Street on Aug. 18, in an attempted robbery;

• The Chase Bank at 1860 Broadway between 61st and 62nd streets on Aug. 21, in a robbery;

• The Chase Bank at 2219 Broadway at 79th Street on Aug. 24, in a robbery;

• The Bank of America at 301 W. 145th St. at Frederick Douglass Boulevard on Aug. 29, in an attempted robbery;

• The Bank of America at 2077 Broadway at 72nd Street on Aug. 29, in a robbery.

Anyone with information about the robberies can call the New York FBI Office at (212) 384-5000, or the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

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