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March 25, 1992
A Garden Grove man who may have robbed other Orange County banks was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly robbed a bank at gunpoint and ran into Westminster Mall, police said. Hai Van Lo, 27, was arrested on suspicion of robbery after police officers found him hiding in bushes near the San Diego Freeway on the north side of the mall, police said. Police and FBI agents were trying to determine whether Lo was responsible for about six bank robberies in Huntington Beach.
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November 20, 2004 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
In the first case of its kind in Orange County and only the second statewide, prosecutors issued an arrest warrant Friday for a robbery suspect known only by his DNA.
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January 12, 1991 | MATT LAIT
Two armed robbers wearing wigs escaped with about $100,000 Friday after forcing a bank employee to let them into the vault, authorities said. Although more than 25 customers inside the bank were held at gunpoint, no one was injured during the six-minute robbery, which occurred about 10:20 a.m. at a First Interstate Bank of California branch at 280 S. State College Blvd., FBI spokesman Wylie B. Cox said. "They took over the bank," Cox said. "These guys should be considered very dangerous.
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August 30, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man robbed a Washington Mutual Bank branch Wednesday but fled without the money, police said. The suspect, still at large late Wednesday, abandoned the $2,000 in loot in the bank's parking lot after a red dye pack included with the money exploded on his way to the getaway car, Westminster Police Sgt. Jack Davidson said. "He just dropped his loot and fled," he said. Davidson said the man entered the bank at Westminster and Beach boulevards about 5 p.m. and demanded money from a teller.
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October 4, 1989
The robber who was shot and killed Monday after he held up a Stanton savings and loan was the notorious "Scooter Bandit" who had used a scooter and a bicycle to pull off at least seven bank robberies in Orange County within the last four months, FBI officials said Tuesday. Samuel Borunda, 43, of Orange had raked in about $10,000 in a spate of bank robberies that began June 14 and ended Monday when he was killed while making his getaway, authorities said.
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January 24, 1990
The FBI on Tuesday released a photograph of the "Mr. Magoo" bandit who is believed to have staged five bank robberies in Orange County during the past year. Dubbed "Mr. Magoo" because of his thick-lensed glasses and his resemblance to the cartoon character, the bandit struck again a week ago at the Laguna Hills branch of Wells Fargo Bank, the FBI said. FBI officials say investigators have linked the bandit to the robbery of a Household Bank branch in Westminster on Jan. 30, 1989.
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May 23, 1992 | ERIC YOUNG
Police and federal agents have arrested a Santa Ana man suspected of committing more than 20 bank robberies in Orange County during the past three months, authorities said Friday. Daniel Joseph Marquez, 37, was arrested without incident at a Flight Avenue home Thursday afternoon in connection with the April 11 robbery of a Security Pacific National Bank branch in Santa Ana, said Gary Morley, an FBI spokesman.
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July 4, 1998 | VALERIE BURGHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man suspected of being the armed bank robber known as "the accountant bandit," so named for his dapper attire, was arrested Friday morning after a fistfight with a federal agent during a Union Bank holdup in San Clemente, FBI officials said. William Micah Dale, 34, of San Diego was arrested in connection with the robbery and taken to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo, said Gary Morley, media coordinator for the FBI's Santa Ana office.
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January 20, 1990 | ALLISON SAMUELS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man accused of being the "Tijuana bandit" pleaded guilty to lesser charges in U.S. District Court on Friday in an effort to avoid being tried on two counts of armed robbery. David Eugene Cabrera, 38, of Orange was arrested Nov. 15 in the robberies of two banks. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in December. In a last-minute bargaining session, Cabrera agreed to plead guilty on two counts of unarmed robbery, his attorney said.
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May 11, 1997 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Captain of the Rowland High School cheerleading squad, honors student and senior class "teacher's pet"--who would have imagined Elizabeth Hernandez Maddex charged with robbing a bank? Not Amy Heinlein, who's known Liz since junior high, and thinks "temporary insanity" is the only viable explanation if what the FBI charges is true: that her best friend, in dark ski mask, held up a Fullerton Bank of America.
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August 18, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Police arrested two Pomona men Friday in connection with a $5,000 bank robbery just minutes earlier. Seal Beach and Los Alamitos officers arrested Yoel Pineda, 28, and Nelson Lopez Molina, 56, at 9:35 a.m. in a car traveling on Westminster Avenue near Pacific Coast Highway. The bank is a Washington Mutual Bank branch on Seal Beach Boulevard, police said.
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August 7, 2001 | From Staff Reports
A building was evacuated and part of a street closed for more than two hours Monday after a bank robber put an envelope on a counter and told tellers it was a bomb. The incident began about noon when a man in his early 30s walked into the Wells Fargo branch on Irvine Boulevard and displayed a handgun and the envelope. After taking money from tellers, the man showed them what he said was a detonator and threatened to blow up the building unless they waited an hour before calling police.
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August 3, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two hallmarks of Southern California freeway culture--the mobile phone and the high-speed police chase--linked up as a man suspected of robbing a Seal Beach credit union nearly two years ago dialed reinforcements in an effort to evade capture, police said. Trayveon Choyce allegedly telephoned his girlfriend and another accomplice Wednesday night, encouraging them to use their cars to block pursuing police vehicles or ram into them during an hourlong chase.
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July 29, 2001
A young Anaheim woman is accused of robbing a bank Saturday while her infant nieces, ages 1 and 3, were ensconced in a getaway car being driven by an accomplice. Irvine police said Gina Christina Everitt, 25, was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery and child endangerment. Charlotte Makitha Brookings, 22, was identified by witnesses as the getaway car's driver who remained outside the bank, but she too was arrested on the same robbery charge.
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July 27, 2001 | From Times Staff Writers
A man suspected of robbing a credit union was captured when his car got a flat tire, police said. Orange County sheriff's deputies arrested the suspect in a tan Honda Accord on the southbound San Diego Freeway near Sand Canyon Avenue. "It was just a stroke of luck," sheriff's Sgt. Steve Doan said. Adam W. Lyman, 20, of Lake Forest had a handgun, pantyhose and money with him, Doan said. The man who robbed the Orange County Credit Union on Mercury Road about 11 a.m.
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July 17, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A robber with a gun and a cell phone walked into a Seal Beach bank Monday and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash, authorities said. "He was on a mission," Sgt. Ron LaVelle, a spokesman for the Seal Beach police, said of the robber, whom he described as an Asian man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 2 inches tall, wearing wire-rimmed glasses and blue denim pants and jacket. The robber approached three tellers at a World Savings Bank, demanding money from each. He then fled on foot.
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September 14, 1992 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bank robberies in the county this year are running neck and neck with the record number tallied last year, according to the FBI. The federal agents said 245 robberies of county banks had occurred as of Friday, and that total is about the same for the equivalent period last year. For all of 1991, there were 371 bank robberies in Orange County, an all-time high. The general reason for this year's spate of bank robberies is the same as for last year, according to James M.
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November 21, 1997 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former cheerleader who was seven months pregnant when she engineered the robbery of a Fullerton bank where she once worked was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison Thursday. Elizabeth Julie Maddex, 19, of Rowland Heights sobbed as she begged U. S. District Judge Gary L. Taylor for leniency. "I'm sorry for the hurt I inflicted," Maddex said, brushing away tears. "I have a child now. I know what it was like for those people in the bank who thought they would not go home to their families.
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July 15, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Police are searching for suspects in two Orange County bank robberies that occurred less than an hour apart Saturday, but that do not appear to be connected. The Cal Fed Bank in the 10000 block of Valley View Street in Cypress was hit about 11:30 a.m. by a man in his early 30s who passed a note to the teller, but did not appear to be armed. At 12:19 p.m. in Brea, two suspects robbed a Bank of America in the 200 block of South State College Boulevard.
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July 10, 2001 | THUY-DOAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bail was denied Monday for a man believed to be the final suspect in a group blamed for a series of violent, takeover-style bank holdups in Orange and Los Angeles counties, authorities said. Liston Oswanio David, 34, of Los Angeles had eluded police since a 1999 bank robbery in Huntington Beach, according to the FBI. Agents said David was a member of a group known as the Head Hunter Bandits, an aggressive team thought to have robbed 16 banks.
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