Transient Arrested After 5 Bank Robbery Attempts In One Day

Santa Ana police said they arrested a transient Tuesday in connection with six bank robberies and attempted robberies. Five of the attempts were made all in one day.

On Monday police followed the signal of a tracking device to the area of where they found and captured 27 year-old Joseph Anthony Perez.

CBS Los Angeles reports Perez was taken into custody after a short foot chase. He was then booked at the Santa Ana Police Department jail and is being held without bail.

According to police, the first robbery attempt happened Saturday morning at a Bank of America at 3730 S. Bristol St., where the suspect got away with an unspecified amount of money. On Monday in the Santa Ana and Fountain Valley area, the robber attempted to rob five other banks with-in a four hour window, between 11:15 a.m. and 3:13 p.m..

Detectives report that at one of the bank locations the suspect brandished a weapon, but most of robbery attempts on Monday were not successful.

The tracking device that finally led to the suspect came from the last bank robbery attempt Monday at a Bank of the West branch at 3931 S. Bristol St. The robber had a demand note he passed on to the bank teller.

Police said Perez was spotted driving away in a blue Chevy Suburban and that there was a tracking device in with the unspecified amount of money that was taken.

Tracking lead officers to the back of a restaurant, where the device was discovered under the abandoned SUV. Police said they did a search of the area and found the suspect, Perez walking on Bristol Street.

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