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'Explosives Threat Bandit' arrested - FBI

The FBI arrested the so-called 'Explosives Threat Bandit,' suspected in a string of bank robberies in the Southland.

May 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The FBI arrested the so-called "Explosives Threat Bandit," suspected in a string of bank robberies in the West Covina and West Hollywood areas.

William Joseph Allen, 32, was arrested by LAPD and charged in an eight-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Tuesday.

In each case, the suspect left a fake bomb behind and threatened to blow the bank up. After every robbery, a bomb squad rendered the device safe.

The suspect was connected to the following robberies:

  • Jan. 17: Chase Bank, 1415 Lincoln Blvd., in Venice
  • Jan. 17: Bank of America, 2930 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles
  • Jan. 4: Chase Bank, 11285 National Blvd., West Los Angeles
  • Jan. 4: Wells Fargo, 10789 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
  • Nov. 28, 2011: Bank of America, 8655 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood
  • Nov. 15, 2011: Bank of America, 2901 Eastland Center, West Covina

The arrest was the culmination of a joint investigation with Santa Monica police, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, LAPD, Baldwin Park police and El Monte police.


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