‘Mr. Magoo’ makes his first court appearance Monday
DENVER – The suspected “Mr. Magoo” bank robber, who was arrested in Blue River on Saturday, was formally charged with two counts of bank robbery at the federal courthouse in Denver Monday afternoon.Tyler Timothy Hamilton, 43, was arrested early Saturday morning in Blue River after agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Summit County SWAT team raided a cabin at 0321 Quandary Road where Hamilton was staying.Hamilton was advised of the charges against him during his initial court appearance Monday in Denver, said Jeff Dorschner, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.The counts each carry a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and stem back to a Feb. 22 robbery of the FirstBank in Golden and a March 21 robbery of the Wells Fargo in Littleton.Along with the two charges, Dorschner said the investigation into Hamilton’s possible connection with other robberies is continuing.The “Mr. Magoo” robber is suspected in two dozen robberies in the Front Range since December and gained the “Mr. Magoo” moniker because he wore thick glasses during all the incidents.The search for Hamilton began late last week, when the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint against Hamilton, Dorschner said. The complaint allows the government to apprehend someone who is pending indictment by a federal grand jury, he said.From there, the FBI and its Safe Streets Task Force began attempting to track down Hamilton.After a tip from FBI agents, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office determined that Hamilton’s parents owned a cabin in Blue River. On Friday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office began investigating and found that a vehicle matching the description and license plate of one associated with Hamilton was on the property.The raid was carried out at about 4 a.m. Saturday morning and Hamilton was arrested without a struggle.Hamilton was held in a cell at the Summit County Jail until Monday morning at about 9:30 a.m. when he was transported to Denver.At the time of his arrest on Saturday, a felony larceny arrest warrant from the Denver Police Department was also out on Hamilton.Hamilton is scheduled to be back in court on Thursday for an arraignment and detention hearing, at which time he will enter a plea.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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