Huntington Park police said in a statement this afternoon that the suspect they had in custody is Ray Vega, a 33-year-old from the city of Bell. And the Los Angeles Times is reporting that law enforcement sources say he's an acquaintance of ... said bank manager. ABC Eyewitness News went one further, saying the guy is the manager's boyfriend. Uh-oh.
That shouldn't be too surprising:
On Friday the FBI and Huntington Park police revealed they had searched the Huntington Park home of the manager the previous morning.
The Huntington Park Police Department's statement on Vega's arrest at least loosely acknowledges that tie, saying ...
The investigation quickly shifted to Huntington Park, where a bank employee lived and reported having been kidnapped from her residence and forced to participate in the robbery.
On Thursday, September 6, 2012, at approximately 6 pm, Ray Vega, a 33-year-old, male Hispanic resident of Bell was arrested in connection with this case.
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Unfortunately for cops, it would seem, Vega was released after posting bail, which had been set at $100,000.
You can rest assured, however, that guys talking into their sleeves have their eyes on him as we speak.
The woman claimed to have been kidnapped the night of Sept. 4, held overnight and taken to her East L.A. bank branch with a bomb strapped to her to grab cash about 8:30 a.m. Sept. 5.
She's still a free woman and hasn't been named a suspect. The investigation is ongoing.