A parolee who allegedly robbed a bank in West Hollywood on June 6 and then used some of the money to buy new clothes at a nearby store was arrested three days later after being identified by detectives.
The suspect, Jose Antonio Luque, was taken into custody at an undisclosed location and has been booked for being a parolee at large. He reportedly confessed to the bank robbery, which occurred around 3:05 p.m. on June 6 at a Bank of America at 8921 Santa Monica Blvd. Luque allegedly presented a note to a teller demanding different denominations of cash, and fled the bank with approximately $2,000. Authorities said he then walked eastbound on Santa Monica Boulevard, out of the view of witnesses.
Through a subsequent investigation, detectives learned that Luque went into a nearby clothing store and used some of the money he had stolen to purchase jeans, a button-down shirt, a belt and dress shoes. The suspect reportedly changed his clothes in the store and fled. Investigators located Luque on June 9 and took him into custody. Authorities said Luque has a previous conviction for kidnapping. The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, and the suspect will likely face robbery charges.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact detectives with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at (310)855-8850.