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June 18th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
Monrovia Police responded to a 211 silent robbery alarm at The Pacific Western Bank at 2.10 pm Tuesday afternoon. Within minutes, officers arrived on scene with guns drawn and carefully approached the bank. Eventually, after assisting dispatchers contacted the Branch Manager, some employees emerged from the bank and gave officers a description of the suspect and details of what had just happened.
According to Jim Hunt of the Monrovia police department, the black male suspect apparently had entered the bank with a plastic shopping bag and approached a female teller at the bank. Showing the teller a gun in his possession, the bank robber then told the teller he needed cash. He then proceeded put his car keys down at the teller’s window and placed the plastic grocery bag atop the keys in preparation for his new found wealth. The teller filled the bag with $1910.00 cash and the suspect left the bank heading for his car.
There was one problem, however. With all the excitement of the robbery, the suspect had left the keys to his older model ‘84 -85 Lincoln Town Car at the teller’s window.
Not wanting to re-enter the bank, for obvious reasons, the suspect apparently returned to his car and made a few quick decisions.
Monrovia Police discovered the keys and noticed the logo to one of the keys indicated that the vehicle used was probably a late model Lincoln and keen eyed officers in the area quickly found a vehicle which matched the suspect’s vehicle description in a public parking lot on the 100 block of west Lemon.
When Monrovia officers discovered the unoccupied, albeit unused, getaway vehicle, which was unlocked, they discovered a fully loaded 9mm handgun under the seat and clothing that matched the description of the suspect who had just robbed the bank. A quick computer check confirmed the suspect’s identity and address.
Once the bank robber had fled the bank and realized he didn’t have his keys, he changed clothes and left the weapon in the car as he fled on foot.
Officers were unable to locate the suspect after an exhaustive search of the immediate area. A bloodhound was brought in for the search which ended when the dog lost the suspect’s scent at Mervin’s , where he was apparently picked up in a another vehicle.
The suspect, James Ellwood Day, 63, wasn’t apprehended until later Tuesday evening but only after the suspect himself had called Los Angeles County Police to notify them that his 1985 Lincoln Town car had been stolen.
Unbeknownst to the suspect, the LACP were already aware that Monrovia was looking for this particular individual in connection to a bank robbery. The LACP agreed to meet Day at a park near Whittier Narrows to take a report of his vehicle. As they took a report, they also took James Day Jr. into custody and transported him to Monrovia police station for a good night’s rest.
James Ellwood Day Jr., will be charged with a felony bank robbery and remains in custody.