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Aurora Bank Robbery Suspect Is Former High School Music Teacher

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Christian Paetsch (credit: The Aurora Sentinel)

Christian Paetsch (credit: The Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The FBI has released the identity of the man accused of robbing an Aurora bank on Saturday. The search for the suspect prompted Aurora police to detain about 20 people.

Police arrested Christian Paetsch, 45, from Centennial. The Aurora Sentinel reported Paetsch is a former high school music teacher for the Douglas County School District.

The search began after the Wells Fargo bank at East Hampden Avenue and South Chambers Road was robbed.

Officers arrested Paetsch after stopping 40 cars and handcuffing 20 innocent people after shutting down the entire intersection at Buckley and Iliff just southeast of the bank. Police found the suspect with two guns, the mask and a $2,000 money band in his car.

The Aurora Sentinel reported that according to an online biography at Inspire Creative, a Parker theater and performing arts group, Paetsch taught music for several years in Aurora and Douglas County public schools.

Police Chief Daniel Oates on Monday apologized to the innocent bystanders that got caught up in the search for the suspect. Oates also said the ends justify the means since the suspect was caught.

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