|Updated: 11/04/2011 5:28 pm
||Published: 11/03/2011 9:07 am
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Little Rock police say the city's recent string of bank robberies is solved. Detectives arrested Nickarlos Banks, 34, Friday morning at what police describe as a drug house in south Little Rock.
Moments before being sent to jail, police say Nickarlos Banks confessed to multiple bank and business robberies.
"He said he was sorry. He said he got on drugs and the drugs made him do these things," Lt. Terry Hastings says.
These things include a two-week run of holdups, starting with a KFC on 12th street, not long after his mom Jackie Turner says she saw him for the last time.
"He just got with the wrong crowd and got on drugs,” Turner says. “He's very sick."
Darin Young says he knows Banks, sees him catching Central Arkansas Transit buses downtown.
"He doesn’t seem like the kind of guy that would do the things that he's done," Young says. "Drugs are out here man, you know what I mean,” Young says. “And if your life revolves around that, there's no telling what you would do."
Police say Banks walked into the Centennial Bank in North Little Rock, Allied Bank at Kavanaugh and Cantrell last month and finally Delta Bank and Trust in Hillcrest on Thursday and robbed it at gun point.
"Mr. Banks was smoking crack this morning when the officers arrested him," Hastings says.
"I don't think he's a bad guy at all,” Young says. “All the things he's done, that's just part of his addiction."
That addiction could now lead him to prison.
Banks is being held in the Pulaski County jail with no bond. North Little Rock police say he is responsible for holding up a Centennial Bank branch on E. Broadway there too.