Two Suspects that Targeted Local Banks for Robberies Arrested by Police

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police arrest bank robbersLong Beach Police detectives have arrested one suspect wanted in connection to a bank robbery, and a second for an attempted bank robbery. Long Beach Police Robbery detectives and the FBI investigated the incidents, which were unrelated, and the suspects responsible were apprehended by police the same week.

On Friday September 7, 2012, at approximately 2:36 p.m., a male subject entered a bank located on the 2000 block of East Anaheim Street, and passed a note to a teller demanding money. He exited the bank without taking money and fled on a bicycle. The Long Beach Police, as well as the FBI responded to the bank to begin their investigation, and while reviewing the video surveillance one officer recognized the suspect from prior contacts.

On Wednesday, September 12, 2012, patrol officers in the downtown area spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen, and attempted to conduct a stop on it.  The driver did not stop and a short, low speed pursuit took place before the driver was taken into custody. It was determined at the scene that the driver was the same suspect who attempted to rob the bank just five days prior.

Long Beach Police responded to a separate but similar incident on Monday, September 10, 2012, at approximately 2:51 p.m., when a subject walked into a bank located on the 400 block of Long Beach Boulevard and passed a note to the teller demanding money, which he took before exiting the bank.

Surveillance images and witness descriptions of the suspect helped investigators identify him, and on Wednesday September 12, 2012, the L.B.P.D. Career Criminal Apprehension Team located and arrested the suspect in the 1000 block of Magnolia Avenue.

Due to the ongoing investigation, the suspects are only being identified as male adults at this time, and anyone with information on these crimes is urged to contact the Long Beach Police Department. To report information on the bank robbery attempt that occurred on the 2000 block of Anaheim Road, please contact Robbery Detective Don Collier at (562) 570-5537. Anyone with information on the bank robbery attempt that occurred on the 400 block of Long Beach Boulevard is asked to contact Robbery Detective Fermin Gonzalez at (562) 570-7068.  Anonymous tips via text or web may be submitted by visiting the Tipsoft website, www.tipsoft.com.

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