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Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:04 am | Updated: 12:06 am, Wed Feb 6, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks police say the man charged with robbing a downtown credit union Monday morning used a taxi as a getaway car.

He got as far as the Rescue Mission on 27th Avenue before police caught up with him about two hours after the robbery was reported, according to a criminal complaint filed in court Tuesday.

The suspect, Zach Tschida Rose, 22, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon by video teleconference from Fairbanks Correctional Center. He requested a public defender and answered all questions from Magistrate Romano Dibenedetto with a “yes sir” or “no sir.” He confirmed that his listed address off Badger Road is his mailing address. He had nothing to say to Dibenedetto about bail and remains incarcerated without bail.

The criminal complaint against Rose states that a clerk reported the robbery at 11:20 a.m. at MAC Federal Credit Union, which is within sight of the Fairbanks Police Department headquarters on Cushman Street. The clerk said a man passed her a note telling her he was armed and told her to put all her money in a black bag he provided. He took the money, which police said was at least $500, and left on foot, according to the complaint.

Fairbanks police said they followed tracks in the snow to the front of the Westmark Hotel. Not long after, a cab driver told police he gave a man matching the suspect’s description a ride from the Westmark to the Roundup Steak House. Police searching the area of the restaurant encountered Rose inside the rescue mission. He had all the money from the credit union and admitted passing the robbery note, police said. Video surveillance from the credit union confirmed his identity, police said.

A search of Rose’s name  in the Alaska Court System website yielded only this week’s robbery charge, indicating he has no previous criminal record in Alaska.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.

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