North Bay bank robbery suspect shot by deputy ID'd

A bank robbery suspect who was shot in San Rafael after leading officers on a high-speed chase may be the "Cotton Ball Bandit."
December 14, 2013 12:05:56 PM PST
A man suspected in a series of North Bay bank robberies may be connected to a failed art heist and kidnapping 35 years ago.

Officers shot and wounded 60-year-old Christopher Jay Wooten on Wednesday in San Rafael after an attempted bank robbery in Novato and a high-speed chase.

Police believe he's the "Cotton Ball Bandit" who's robbed ten other banks since last December.

Court records show Wooten has a criminal past.

In 1978 he and another man abducted a woman during a botched oil painting robbery.

Wooten was released from prison in 1990.

While the name of the deputy who was involved in the pursuit and shooting has not been released, San Rafael police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher says the deputy has been with the Marin County Sheriff's Office for more than 7 years and has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The officer-involved shooting is being handled by San Rafael police and is being investigated by the Marin County Police Chief's protocol.

(Bay City News contributed to this report)