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Bank, business evacuated because of suspicious package after armed robbery

David Allen Markillie (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department) David Allen Markillie (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A bank and another business at the Foothills Mall were evacuated on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 10 because of a suspicious package.

According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department, there was an armed robbery at the BBVA Compass Bank, 7645 N. La Cholla Boulevard. The suspect, identified as David Allen Markillie, is in custody. However, there was a suspicious package involved that prompted the evacuation of the bank and BuyBuyBaby, 7475 N. La Cholla Boulevard, in the mall.

Deputies learned that a suspect had entered the bank and demanded money, while holding up a bag and claiming that it held explosives. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money and left the bank, heading toward the Foothills Mall. 

According to PCSD deputies spotted the suspect, Markillie walking in front of BuyBuyBaby and made contact.  He held up a second bag and claimed that this one also held explosives. Deputies were trying to de-escalate the situation when Markillie threw the bag toward the store and then got down on the ground.  

It was at this point that PCSD evacuated the bank and the store.  the Pima Regional Bomb Squad responded to the scene and learned that one bag held a hoax device and the other bag was empty.  

Markillie was booked into the Pima County Jail and is facing six counts of aggravated assault and one count of armed robbery.  According to a PCSD release federal charges against Markillie are pending. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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