'Bearded Bandit' Suspect Identified

Justin L. Worley is expected to be arraigned today at Taunton District Court.


Seekonk police have identified the man suspected of being the "Bearded Bandit" as 33-year-old Justin L. Worley. He was arrested Wednesday at the Motel 6 in Seekonk, where authorities say he had been living. Various media reports say his girlfriend and a 3-year-old child were living at the motel with him.

Worley is a suspect in a string of bank robberies in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including one on Feb. 23 at the Bank of America on Fall River Avenue in Seekonk. The FBI has offered an award for information leading to the capture and conviction of the "Bearded Bandit," a name given to the suspect because he had a noticeable dark beard. Authorities suspect the beard was fake. Media reports say authorities found a fake beard among Worley's belongings.

He is being charged with possession of a class B drug, armed robbery and being a fugitive from justice. Worley is expected to be arraigned today at Taunton District Court.

imsayin September 20, 2012 at 08:14 PM
this is sad on multiple levels
Ricky Tiburcio September 21, 2012 at 03:21 PM
The money is insured, nobody was ever hurt, I don't think he ever showed a weapon, and he did this 9 times??? Kind of gutsy if you ask me. I think the only sad thing was he got caught because of peoples inability to mind their business. It's not sad the working class is over taxed and under payed? But the second Robin Hood steals from the rich all of a sudden it becomes sad? Times are tough and he was obviously hurting on some level seeing he was living in a motel with wife and kid. Modern day billy the kid without the violence. I give him credit, and remember, this is America, we're all innocent 'till proven guilty.
Sue Souza September 21, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Ricky, you are a total moron! They guy is a crack head that put peoples lives in jeopardy and you praise him for his actions. He should go get a JOB (Dominos on Pawtucket Avenue has a sign in the window)! I keep my money in a bank and I am not rich, like most othersw that have their saving in the bank. If your daughter was the teller, would you feel the same way. This could have had a lot different ending but thankfully it end where no one got hurt. Do you think he is a good roll model for his 3 year old too? Perhaps you can give his family a call and offer your money and open your home to him them and you too could be a Robin Hood!
Govstench September 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM
What is really sad about this guy is he has done multiple tours in the middle east. To have a girl friend and child living in a motel says a lot about this guy. Drugs were no doubt a factor with the money problem. Endangering people in banks is not the answer but a clear signal of desperate people needing money. This guy could get a job if he looked for it - he was too busy looking for the easy way out. Not only has he messed up his life but he has also affected two more.
boonya4 February 01, 2013 at 02:06 AM
He did zero tours in the middle east,he worked for kbr as a contractor, made great money and threw it all away,left the national guard after a year,abandoned 3 sons in texas,paid no child support,extorted money from family and friends right up to the end. How do I know all this ?,because I am his father and I am raising his sons.He deserves all he gets,I will never speak of or to him again.


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