Romance novel model denies robbing banks, convenience store

HARTFORD, Conn. — A tattooed romance novel cover model from California has pleaded not guilty to robbing two banks and a convenience store in Connecticut.

The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/2fmLhkh ) that 34-year-old David Byers, of Solano Beach, was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Friday in Hartford federal court.

Police say Byers robbed a Chase Bank twice and a Citgo gas station in Greenwich in April.

Police say Byers evaded officers in Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania before his arrest in the San Diego area in May. Police noted a neck tattoo when they released a description of the suspect.

A Los Angeles photographer who has worked with Byers says the suspect has appeared on the covers of four romance novels.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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