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Police ID Ontario bank robbery suspect

Monday - 4/21/2014, 4:20pm  ET

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon authorities say they have a name and sketchy background information about a man who fatally shot himself after a bank robbery, and they're appealing for help to find his relatives.

Oregon State Police said Monday the man was 71-year-old as Joseph Thomas Johnston, reported living most recently in a Mohave Valley, Ariz., mobile home park.

The police said he drove to the Pacific Northwest in March to see a friend named "Paul" who was reported ill.

Police said Johnston shot himself after he was pulled over by an officer investigating a robbery April 10 at Bank of the West in Ontario, Ore.

Johnston is described as diabetic and having unspecified ties in several states: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Ohio, Maryland, and Florida.


Contact information for Oregon State Police Detective Javier Marquez: 541-889-6469, ext. 752;

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