Man arrested for Wasilla credit union robbery

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 20-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in connection with Monday's robbery of a Wasilla credit union.

Arthur James Houser of Wasilla was taken into custody without incident by Wasilla Police and FBI agents about 1 p.m., according to the FBI. Houser was being held at the Cook Inlet Pretrial Facility in Anchorage awaiting charges stemming from the robbery at the Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union.

The FBI credited the arrest to the public's response to a bank surveillance photo of the suspect that was circulated by the media.

According to FBI special agent Eric Gonzalez, the robber walked into the credit union and demanded cash from a teller. After taking the money, the man ran out. The suspect reportedly didn't have a weapon.

The robbery was Alaska's second this year, Gonzalez said.

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