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Beastie Boys Bandit caught

by: Submitted Photo Portland police arrested Michael Aaron Hayden, 48, for a probation violation but believe he is the “Beastie Boys Bandit” wanted for a string of crimes in the region.

Police believe they have nabbed the notorious 'Beastie Boys Bandit,' suspected in numerous bank robberies throughout the Portland area, including in Lake Oswego and West Linn.

Detectives last Thursday arrested Michael Aaron Hayden, 48, for a probation violation. That same day last week, West Linn police responded at about 2:30 p.m. to an armed bank robbery at Bank of the West on Willamette Drive in West Linn. Also that day, Portland police responded to an attempted robbery at a Wells Fargo Bank branch in southwest Portland.

Investigators believe Hayden is responsible for those incidents as well as hold-ups dating back to June 2010.

In all of the cases, the robber stood out for his unusual attire, consisting of a dark-gray suit, wigs of varying lengths and colors, a fake mustache and 'John Lennon' style sunglasses - a disguise reminiscent of the costumes sported by the rap-punk Beastie Boys in their 1994 music video for the song 'Sabotage.'

The Beastie Boys Bandit's crime spree began June 3 last year, when a man wearing a wig, fake mustache, sunglasses and dark-colored suit with a white, button-up shirt allegedly robbed two US Banks in east Portland. In each case, he presented a note stating he was armed or that there was a dangerous device in the bank. In one instance, he displayed a handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants.

Then, on July 2, 2010, a suspect in similar garb robbed Bank of the West on Willamette Drive in West Linn.

A case reported Jan. 4 of this year at Chase Bank in Lake Oswego mirrored that report.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, investigators believe Hayden is also responsible for the March 2 robbery of the Key Bank in northwest Portland and the April 14 robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank branch in Lake Oswego.

As of press time this week, Hayden was lodged in Multnomah County Jail awaiting federal charges.

The Portland Police Bureau, Federal Bureau of Investigation, West Linn and Lake Oswego police departments and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office partnered in the investigation.

Additional information about Hayden or the robberies should be directed to police Detective Tony Christensen at 503-552-5411.