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SAN DIEGO – Police have arrested a Solana Beach male model suspected of several recent armed robberies in Connecticut.

David Byers was arrested in San Diego earlier this week. He also had a local warrant for burglary according to the FBI.

Police in Greenwich, Connecticut, say he used a gun to rob the same bank twice in two days. He also robbed an area gas station at gunpoint just hours before, according to Greenwich police Lt. David Nemecek.

"He had a gun, but it was in his belt," Nemecek said. "He was located during the overnight and an arrest was made without incident in California."

Police said Byers was last spotted in Connecticut on Friday when police determined he was in Old Greenwich.  They say Byers led them on a  car chase onto Interstate 95 and escaped after abandoning his car and running across three lanes of traffic.  Officers went door to door searching for him, but they believe he made his way to Pennsylvania before returning to the San Diego area.

Greenwich police said leads developed by their investigators and the FBI tracked Byers to the San Diego area.  San Diego police arrested him in North Park on Wednesday morning.

Following the arrest the FBI released a statement, it reads in part:

"This arrest demonstrates how the FBI continues the work of protecting our community and hopefully prevented further crime from occurring here in San Diego or elsewhere by this individual.”

Byer plead not guilty in court to one count of theft. His bond is $35,000 and his next court appearance is scheduled for May 15th and 17th. Additionally, the FBI says the Greenwich Police Department has been notified and will proceed accordingly.