'Button-down Bandit' arrested after pursuit


David Michael Younger, 49, of Corona, was arrested Wednesday by Redlands police in Montclair after a pursuit.

The arrest comes one day after the Pacific Western Bank on the 200 block of East State Street was robbed. Authorities said a suspect entered the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding cash.

The robber left with the money. Witnesses saw the suspect fleeing in a silver Mercedes SUV. They provided police with a license plate number that was traced to a Hertz rental car agency and linked back to Younger.

Authorities said they attempted to contact Younger at a home in Montclair on Wednesday afternoon. Younger saw the officers as he was driving up to the residence. He took off and a pursuit ensued. The chase ended at San Antonio Avenue and La Deney Street, where Younger was taken into custody.

Younger is a suspect in five other bank robberies in Orange and Riverside counties since Nov. 15. The robberies took place in Yorba Linda, Corona, Riverside, La Quinta and Seal Beach. The suspect was dubbed the "Button-down Bandit" for the button-down shirts he usually wore during the robberies.

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