NEWPORT BEACH — Police have arrested a 32-year-old New York man wanted for 10 years by authorities in Suffolk County, N.Y., on charges of armed robbery.
George Edward Lagerence of Brooklyn, who was arrested at a Costa Mesa apartment last Tuesday, is being held at Orange County Jail in Santa Ana pending extradition proceedings, Newport Beach Police Sgt. Andy Gonis said.
Patrol officers arrested Lagerence on March 24 on suspicion of drunk driving after receiving a tip from a "concerned motorist."
Lagerence, who was using an assumed identity of James Conrad West, was later released from jail on $1,600 bail, Gonis said.
Police Detective Sgt. Rich Long later received another anonymous tip that Lagerence had given officers a false name. Gonis said Long rushed Lagerence's fingerprints to the FBI and discovered that he had been wanted in Suffolk County since 1980 on armed robbery charges.
Detectives later arrested Lagerence at his Costa Mesa apartment, Gonis said.