Bum Steer: That “Handsome Guy” Nickname Might Be a Curse in Prison

A man suspected in the “Handsome Guy” bank robberies was found on the run after he allegedly left his car keys at the scene of his last heist.
Fri January 6, 2012 2:46 am
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Steven Ray Milam was nabbed after a high speed chase in Mississippi Tuesday after he allegedly left his car keys at the scene of a Richardson bank robbery on Saturday. He allegedly robbed a Compass Bank New Year's Eve morning and fired at a cop as he was fleeing, hitting the officer's patrol car, according to the  Dallas Morning News ' Tanya Eiserer.

Milam, a 44-year-old casket salesman from Tyler, is the suspected "Handsome Guy" bandit, wanted for donning a mask and robbing six north Texas banks, wrote Jeffrey Weiss of the Dallas Morning News . The adjectives Weiss used to describe the  mask include "distinctive," "expensive," and "fancy."  

Milam was apprehended after a Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy ran the tag of a red Jetta traveling on Interstate 10 and linked it to Saturday's robbery. During the ensuing car chase, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd personally shot out the Jetta's tires, bringing the car to a halt, Weiss reported.

But Milam wasn't done with his theatrics. After deputies took him into custody, he vomited in the squad car, the Tyler Morning Telegraph 's Tim Monzingo reported. Deputies believe he had ingested pills prior to being apprehended, and took him to the hospital for treatment. (The Los Angeles Times has a post-vomit picture of Milam, if you can stomach it).

Milam owns Monumental Memorials , a discount casket company, according to WFAA, which even has a video clip from a 2009 interview Milam gave on coffin sales.

At Unfair Park , Robert Wilonsky posted a copy of the criminal complaint against Milam; the man under the mask is set to appear in federal court in Gulfport Thursday afternoon, according to the Biloxi Sun Herald .

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