A 33-year-old man has been in arrested in connection with last week’s robbery of an East Los Angeles Bank of America branch and the kidnapping of its manager from her Huntington Park home. Ray Vega of Bell was arrested on Sept. 6 and charged with with conspiracy and robbery, according to an announcement distributed today by the Huntington Park Police Department and the FBI. Vega was released from jail after posting $100,000 bail.
Officials did not provide any further details but a report on L.A. Now said Vega was an acquaintance of the bank manager. “This investigation remains very fluid, active and is ongoing,” said a statement.
Vega was arrested one day after the Bank of America branch at Atlantic Boulevard and St. Louis Place was robbed by two suspects who kidnapped the bank manager from her Huntington Park home and forced her to take money out of the vault. The suspects strapped what appeared to be a pipe bomb to the branch manager, who walked into the bank vault and came out with cash that she tossed out a back door to the robbers, who fled the scene.