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Alleged 'Luger Bandit' Who Hit Up Riverside County Banks Caught in Chino

The man was arrested following his latest bank robbery in Chino, police said Thursday.

The alleged "Luger Bandit." Credit: FBI
The alleged "Luger Bandit." Credit: FBI

The suspected Luger Bandit, linked to bank robberies in Riverside County and two other counties, was arrested Thursday following a robbery in Chino.

Ramsin Jonathan Malek, 31, of Pasadena, was arrested and booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Chino for suspicion of armed robbery after allegedly walking into the Chase bank branch at 7033 Schaefer Ave. about 9:15 a.m. and demanding money, according to Chino Public Information Officer Michelle Van Der Linden.

Witness told Chino police officers the robber fled the scene in a gray BMW 328i, later determined to be a 2008 model. Seven minutes after the robbery, police spotted the suspect's car and arrested Malek after a traffic stop, Van Der Linden said. A Luger handgun was allegedly found in his car.

Malek may be linked to six other bank robberies in Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, according to Van Der Linden. The robber got his nickname because of the weapon he used.

According to the FBI, the "Luger Bandit" has been linked to the following robberies:

1/3/13              Wells Fargo                Granada Hills

2/18/13            Wells Fargo                 Fontana

3/8/13              Wells Fargo                San Dimas (Attempt)

3/12/13            Chase Bank                Mira Loma

6/4/13              Bank of America         Corona

1/8/14              Wells Fargo                Corona

Police declined to release Malek's booking photo because of the ongoing investigations into other bank robberies, Van Der Linden said. He was described a Syrian, about 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing about 240 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Malek was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to San Bernardino County Jail records. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 7 a.m. Friday in Department NF in Rancho Superior Court.

Anyone with information on this suspect was asked to call the Chino police at (909) 628-1234. All tips can be made anonymously.


– City News Service.



Andy the Analyst April 18, 2014 at 12:14 AM
"J. D. Tippit (September 18, 1924 – November 22, 1963) was an American police officer with the Dallas Police Department who was, according to two federal government investigations, shot and killed by 24-year-old former Marine Lee Harvey Oswald."
Justice For All April 18, 2014 at 12:38 AM
@JD tippit -- Preliminary press releases almost always report the minimum amount from the bail schedule. Final bail is usually adjusted after investigative reports are completed. The county D.A., or in this case the U.S. Attorney (bank robbery=federal offense), will seek enhancements base on the investigator's findings. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This explains why your friendly "sock sniffer's" original bail started at $5k, but escalated to $1M when evidence revealed that he was allegedly a serial pedophile who attempted to kidnap a young girl. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When the US attorney gets this case, there is no doubt that the multiple counts of bank robbery with a firearm will cause his bail to soar. But, I doubt that you will see that level of follow-up in the media for this case. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BTW: I don't mind explaining these things to you and others who are unfamiliar with the legal system. I just find it sad that you tend to frequently embarrass yourself on the Patch by making absurd comments before you have made any apparent effort to educate yourself. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Perhaps, if you spent just a little more time gathering some facts on topics, you could provide insightful comments instead of the misinformed remarks that you usually make. I'm sure it would draw more positive attention, rather than the hateful disdain from others that seems to follow you. ~Please accept this as constructive criticism... good luck.
Justice For All April 18, 2014 at 03:29 AM
@JD tippit -- Preliminary press releases almost always report the minimum amount from the bail schedule. Final bail is usually adjusted after investigative reports are completed. The county D.A., or in this case the U.S. Attorney (bank robbery=federal offense), will seek enhancements base on the investigator's findings. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This explains why your friendly "sock sniffer's" original bail started at $5k, but escalated to $1M when evidence revealed that he was allegedly a serial pedophile who attempted to kidnap a young girl. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When the US attorney gets this case, there is no doubt that the multiple counts of bank robbery with a firearm will cause his bail to soar. But, I doubt that you will see that level of follow-up in the media for this case. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BTW: I don't mind explaining these things to you and others who are unfamiliar with the legal system. I just find it sad that you tend to frequently embarrass yourself on the Patch by making absurd comments before you have made any apparent effort to educate yourself. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Perhaps, if you spent just a little more time gathering some facts on topics, you could provide insightful comments instead of the misinformed remarks that you usually make. I'm sure it would draw more positive attention, rather than the hateful disdain from others that seems to follow you. ~Please accept this as constructive criticism... good luck.
Andy the Analyst April 18, 2014 at 06:50 AM
J. D. Tippit (September 18, 1924 – November 22, 1963) was an American police officer with the Dallas Police Department who was, according to two federal government investigations, shot and killed by 24-year-old former Marine Lee Harvey Oswald.
TVOR April 18, 2014 at 01:25 PM
@ justice for all. I think you simply ask too much of the trolls on this site.

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