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The "Tourist Bandit" shown robbing the Bank of America on Santa Monica Blvd. in security camera footage.


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Los Angeles Police arrested a suspect they believe to be a bank robber nicknamed the “Tourist Bandit” on Friday in Hollywood. The FBI has been seeking the man after a string of bank robberies in the Los Angeles area, including the Bank of America location in West Hollywood.

As previously reported by Weho Daily, the West Hollywood robbery occurred at the Bank of America branch on Santa Monica Blvd near Crescent Heights last Monday, August 22. The man entered the branch and said he had a bomb before making off with cash from the teller.

CBS2/KCAL reports that LAPD officers arrested Rex Lutton on Friday after he attempted to rob a customer inside a bank on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. He was subdued and detained by security guards, according to the report.

In addition to the West Hollywood robbery, he is suspected in a robbery in Venice last week as well.

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