Pasadena Police Take Possible Serial Bank Robbery Suspect into Custody

Posted on June 12, 2017 in

BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY IDENTIFIED AS:

Shownee Smith, 41 years old, Pasadena Resident

PASADENA, CA – On June 10, at about 3:50 p.m., Pasadena Police Department Officers responded to an armed robbery at Wells Fargo Bank, 3701 E. Foothill Blvd. The robbery was in progress when Pasadena police arrived and arrested suspect Smith as he exited the bank. Smith was in possession of a shotgun and a bag containing money and is currently being held at the Pasadena Police jail.

Pasadena Police Detectives and the FBI are currently investigating this incident. The suspect is believed to be the “Dual Valley Bandit” and possibly responsible for ten other bank robberies in Los Angeles County.

Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said, “I am extremely proud of the first responders of the Pasadena Police Department who courageously faced a dangerous situation and were able to quickly take an armed robbery suspect, believed to be responsible for numerous bank robberies throughout Los Angeles County, safely into custody. I am grateful no one was injured during this incident.”

Anyone with information regarding these robberies is asked to contact the Los Angeles FBI office at (310) 477-6565 or the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241. You may also report information anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222-TIPS (8477); using your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 11, 2017

For More Information:  Lt. John Luna, (626) 744-4517 or Watch Commander,  (626) 744-4620