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Attempted Murrieta Bank Robber Arrested Near U.S.-Mexico Border

Dubbed the Halo Bandit, Raymundo Ramirez, 21, of Hemet is suspected in an attempted bank robbery in Murrieta, as well as at least four other bank robberies.

The suspect in at least four bank robberies, including the Oct. 24 attempted robbery of Bank of America in Murrieta, has been apprehended at the U.S. Border with Mexico, authorities said Tuesday.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Raymundo Ramirez, 21, of Hemet after he was identified as the suspect in a Sept. 27 robbery at Bank of America, 26800 Cherry Hills Blvd., in Menifee, according to Sgt. Victor Tejada of the Perris sheriff's station.

"With the assistance of the Hemet Sheriff's Station criminal analyst, investigators identified the suspect...," wrote Tejada and fellow sheriff's Sgt. Glen Williams, in a news release.

"Further investigation revealed the same suspect committed bank robberies between the months of April and October in the cities of Hemet, San Jacinto, Yucaipa and Murrieta."

The FBI pegged the suspect the Halo bandit because he was often caught on surveillance footage wearing an Angels baseball cap.

On Sunday, U.S. Border Patrol agents phoned Perris station investigators, informing them they had the suspect detained at the San Ysidro border crossing after he attempted entry back into the U.S., sheriff's officials said.

Ramirez was arrested by sheriff's investigators and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for robbery. He was being held on $60,000 bail, according to sheriff's jail records.

The investigation was continuing. Anyone with information regarding these robberies was encouraged to call Investigator Mark Alanis or Guy Gilbert with the Riverside Sheriff's Department/Perris Station at 951-210-1000.

censored messenger November 14, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Now this one would be an ideal candidate for a 20-year mandatory stint in a prison labor camp, building a permanent prison out in the desert using free prison labor. Convicts that refuse to work are given fortified bread and water. More substantial meals are provided only to eager workers.. This works for Maricopa County AZ and there is no reason to release criminals because of over-crowding...tents are cheap
Justice For All November 14, 2012 at 09:19 AM
I agree! Unfortunately, California is far to liberal for the likes of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his tent prison. Governor Jerry MoonBeam will find some way to give every prisoner an air conditioner and free medicinal marijuana.
LBV Collins November 14, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Kudos to our law enforcement for catching this guy. But $60,000 bail seems kind of low.

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