Personal trainer and fitness model, David Byers, is accused of committing a string of bank robberies in Greenwich, CT.
David Byers, 34, of Solana Beach, CA, evaded authorities for days before he was tracked down in a cross-country search. The beefcake model was arrested in San Diego Wednesday for a string of burglaries that began in Greenwich, CT.
Police in Greenwich say the chiseled, naked photo-shoot model robbed a Chase bank in Riverside twice in two days before robbing a Citgo gas station in Cos Cob. He was arrested without incident and remains in custody in California.
Accused bank robber Byers also made a living posing naked for photoshoots
Leading fitness photographer Michael Stokes describes Byers who is part-owner of a gym, as having worked as a model and personal trainer.
Stokes said the model texted him Tuesday, stating that he was moving to New York to live with his girlfriend: “He said life was good and he was happy and that things had changed,” Stokes said.
Stokes also said he was “completely shocked” when he first heard of Byers’ arrest. “When we do photoshoots we play up the badboy element, that’s the appeal, but I guess inside a lot of these models there is a real bad boy. But it surprises me with David, because he had a good upbringing,” Stokes said.
All photo credits: Micheal Stokes
Accused bank robber David Byers has been on the cover of several romance novels
Stokes said Byers, a popular model, has appeared on the cover of one of his books. He has also appeared on the covers of three romance novels.
Numerous agencies, including the FBI, worked to identify Byers.
The suspect is awaiting extradition to Connecticut following the request by the Greenwich Police Department to authorities in California.
Byers faces one count of first-degree robbery, two counts of third-degree robbery, two counts of larceny, and one count of reckless endangerment. Bail is set at $200,000.