26-year old Miguel Flores, known as the Chameleon Bandit, was arrested and charged with bank robbery after being spotted and stopped by a Chula Vista Police Officer.
On Tuesday, 06/02/09, at 5:08 p.m., the Wells Fargo Bank at 826 Third Avenue was robbed. The suspect was believed to be the “chameleon bandit,” a robber nicknamed by the FBI for his often changing appearance.
Immediately after the robbery a bank employee observed the suspect boarding a public bus. Suspect information was dispatched to officers in the field. Chula Vista Police Officer Joel Monreal observed the bus at Third Avenue and Palomar Street and proceeded to followed it.
The suspect had changed his clothes by the time he exited the bus. Officer Monreal identified the suspect as the man wanted in the back robbery. Monreal detained the suspect with the assistance of his police K9.
Miguel Flores was arrested with the money and a demand note written on a napkin. The clothes he wore during the robbery were found on the bus he had just exited.
Flores was transported to the Chula Vista City Jail and later transfered to a Federal facility by the FBI.
The FBI and local law enforcement continue to conduct investigation into robberies alleged to have been committed by the “Chameleon Bandit.”
Anyone with information concerning the “Chameleon Bandit” robberies is asked to contact the FBI at telephone number (858) 565-1255, or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-TIPS. You may remain anonymous by calling either telephone number. This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
An arrest itself is not evidence that the defendant committed the crimes charged. The defendant is presumed innocent until the Government meets its burden in court of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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