Arrest made in recent Anchorage Credit Union, bank robberies

Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - An Anchorage man was arrested last week by the FBI on criminal charges related to recent robberies of a credit union and bank
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(Photo provided by the FBI Anchorage Field Office)

According to court documents, Tyler Ching, 34, entered the Global Credit Union on Industry Way in Anchorage on Sept. 19. He approached two customers who were speaking with a bank teller, and he pointed what appeared to be a handgun at them. The defendant placed a bag on the counter and demanded the teller put money inside. The defendant left the credit union with roughly $2,320.

On Sept. 20, Ching allegedly entered the Wells Fargo Bank branch on Jewel Lake Road in Anchorage. He approached a teller who was speaking to a customer and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the customer and teller. He demanded the teller put money in a bag he brought with him. The defendant fled with around $2,820.

Law enforcement received multiple tips on Sept. 20 stating the suspect resembled Ching. After further investigation, the suspect was identified as Ching, and he was arrested in Cooper Landing on Sept. 22.

Ching is charged with two counts of bank robbery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §2113(a). If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison on each count. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney S. Lane Tucker of the District of Alaska; and Special Agent in Charge Antony Jung of the FBI Anchorage Field Office made the announcement.

The FBI’s Anchorage Field Office, with assistance from the Alaska State Troopers and the Anchorage Police Department, is investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alana Weber is prosecuting the case.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.