FBI ARRESTS MAN FOR ALLEGEDLY ROBBING LA MESA BANK

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February 19, 2011 (La Mesa)--San Diego FBI Special Agent eith Slotter, announces the arrest of Cesar Daniel Flores, age 20, of Imperial Beach. He is charged with robbing Bank of the West in La Mesa on February 4th.

Flores was arrested Wednesday near the Palomar Trolley Station in Chula Vista. Flores had been detained by Metropolitan Transit Station (MTS) Code Compliance Officers for violation of a code compliance matter. He was subsequently taken into custody by FBI Agents pursuant to a federal arrest warrant charging Flores with the bank robbery.

 

According to the complaint filed in this matter, in the U.S. District Court, Southern District, of California, Flores is alleged to have robbed the Bank of the West, 8690 Center Drive, La Mesa, California, using a demand note which stated that he was armed with a weapon and demanded a certain amount of money. After receiving a sum of money, Flores allegedly placed the money into a black backpack and was last seen walking towards the Grossmont trolley station.

 

A review of bank surveillance photographs and trolley surveillance video assisted in identifying Flores as the bank robber. Additionally, an MTS Code Compliance Officer had issued a citation to Flores at the H Street Station in Chula Vista, California, the same morning as the robbery.

 

Subsequent investigation by the La Mesa Police Department, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Service, and the FBI led to a federal complaint being filed, charging Flores with the robbery. Flores is currently being held at the San Diego Central Jail. Flores is expected to appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge, on or about Tuesday, February 22, 2011. This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

 

This investigation was conducted by the La Mesa Police Department, San Diego Metropolitan Transit Service (MTS), and the FBI.