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LB Police Arrest Two Bank Robbery Suspects

The men were arrested for their parts in two unrelated crimes.

LB Police Arrest Two Bank Robbery Suspects

Long Beach Police Department officers apprehended two bank robbery suspects Wednesday for crimes committed within days of each other.

Other than the date, and the nature of both their crimes and arrests, there is no link between suspects and the bank robberies they attempted in Long Beach. Both of them managed to get away but only one took the cash with him, according to police.

The other left the scene of the crime empty-handed and on a bicycle. 

That unsuccessful attempt occurred at about 2:36 p.m. on September 7, when a man entered a bank in the 2000 block of East Anaheim Street and passed a note to a teller demanding money, before leaving the bank on a bike without the cash, according a statement by police. It's unknown what thwarted him.

While Long Beach Police Robbery detectives of the Gang and Violent Crimes Division were investigating the robbery in conjunction with the FBI, one LBPD officer recognized the suspect on from a video surveillance feed, according to police.

He was taken into custody five days later on Wednesday when officers patrolling downtown Long Beach attempted to pull over the vehicle he was driving, which was reported stolen, according ot police. After failing to stop and leading police on a brief and low-speed pursuit, the driver was taken into custody and subsequently identified as the suspect wanted in the September 7 bank robbery.

Arrested Wednesday as well was a suspect wanted for an attempting to rob a bank on the 400 block of Long Beach Boulevard at 2:51 p.m. Monday. That man also passed a note to the teller demanding money but according to police, he headed out the door with the cash.

Two days after being identified due to surveillance images and descriptions from witnesses, he was arrested in the 1000 block of Magnolia Avenue by LBPD Career Criminal Apprehension Team, according to police.

The identities of both suspects are being withheld pending the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information on these crimes is urged by being police to contact the  Long Beach Police Department.

To report information on the bank robbery attempt that occurred on the 2000 block of Anaheim Road, 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.  

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