OC Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

A serial bank robbery suspect, who was recognized by a teller from his photo on an FBI "wanted" poster, was arrested Friday while trying to flee from deputies, who recovered two bags of money and a loaded gun.

The suspect, believed to be responsible for about a half-dozen robberies, entered a Washington Mutual branch at 18511 Chapman Ave., in an unincorporated area of Orange, just after 9 a.m. and approached a teller, said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Another teller recognized the man from the FBI flier and alerted the bank manager, who tripped a silent alarm, Amormino said.

A deputy who was in the vicinity arrived as the suspect was about to get into his getaway vehicle, which was parked about a half-block from the bank, Amormino said.

When he saw the deputy, the suspect took off on foot, carrying two bank bags that Amormino said contained a "fairly large sum of money."

The suspect was taken into custody after running onto Chapman Avenue and into oncoming traffic, Amormino said. Despite slamming into the side of a vehicle, the suspect was uninjured, the spokesman said.

Deputies recovered a loaded .38 revolver, the suspect's vehicle and the money, Amormino said.

The man is suspected in four other bank robberies in Orange County and one in Riverside County, Amormino said.

He is known by a particular moniker, but neither the nickname nor his identity will be released until FBI agents contact other victimized banks, Amormino said.

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