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Van McDuffie, Suspect In Deadly Bank Robbery, Has Long Rap Sheet

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Van McDuffie, he suspect in a deadly Reno bank robbery, has a lengthy criminal record with 62 arrests dating back to 1967 and five felony convictions. | Reno Police Department

RENO, Nev. -- RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the suspect in a deadly Reno bank robbery has a lengthy criminal record with 62 arrests dating back to 1967 and five felony convictions.

U.S. Magistrate Valerie Cooke ordered that 66-year-old Van McDuffie be detained without bail after hearing about his criminal history during an initial court appearance Thursday.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports he has been charged with bank robbery with use of a dangerous weapon causing death after fleeing the bank with $13,000.

Eighty-year-old bank customer Bob Sperry was fatally shot after he told the suspect to "get out of here" during the holdup Wednesday morning at a Bank of America branch.

Three of Sperry's sons told KOLO-TV he was a Vietnam veteran and 24-year career Marine who would do anything for a stranger.

The U.S. Attorney's Office didn't release specific information about McDuffie's arrests.

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