PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The so-called “Fake Slim Shady Bandit” is behind bars.
Police arrested Paul Lyman, 48, early Thursday after getting anonymous tips about his identity, according to court documents.
On March 9, the Portland Police Bureau, along with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, released photos of the so-called “Fake Slim Shady Bandit” after officers responded to a bank robbery at the Umpqua Bank branch located at 467 Northwest 23rd Avenue.
Detectives believe the “Fake Slim Shady Bandit” may have been involved in multiple bank robberies in the Portland area.
According to court documents, Lyman was able to get away with $1,327 from the Umpqua Bank. He reportedly entered the bank with the lower half of his face covered with parts of his clothing. He gave the teller a note that said “no alarms” and demanding money. Lyman also told the teller “don’t hit any alarms.”
On March 11, investigators received an anonymous tip. The caller identified the bank robber as “Paul,” according to court documents. The caller also gave “Paul’s” address in northwest Portland.
Federal investigators went to the apartment complex and spoke with the manger. Investigators showed the manager surveillance photos from the bank robbery to the manager who “immediately recognized the male as Lyman,” according to court documents.
On March 14, police responded to Lyman’s apartment complex on a welfare check. Several residents were claiming that Lyman was the bank robber seen on the news who had been named the “Fake Slim Shady Bandit.”
When police arrived, they found Lyman across the street. He was taken into custody and brought down to police headquarters for questioning. He reportedly identified himself in the photos associated with the Umpqua Bank robbery. When questioned about other robberies, he asked for an attorney, according to court documents.
Lyman was ordered to be held in custody. His next court date is set for April 13.