A 26-year-old man who allegedly robbed a bank on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica and fled in a taxi was arrested Saturday, November 12th.
Santa Monica police arrested Gkur Shawn Skylark, of Wilmington, shortly before noon after he allegedly robbed the Union Bank of California, 2001 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, and left with an undisclosed amount of money.
Police were called to the bank at 11:43 a.m. and received information that the robbery suspect had left the bank and entered a waiting taxi cab.
According to preliminary investigation, Skylark allegedly entered the bank, displayed what was described as a handgun and demanded money, police said.
After Skylark received the money, he left the bank and got into the awaiting taxi, police allege.
Santa Monica Police Lt. Frank Fabrega said it is unclear whether the suspect had “flagged” the taxi or called it ahead of time.
There was no indication that the suspect displayed a weapon to the taxi driver, Fabrega said.
“The only indication was that he displayed a replica firearm in the bank,” Fabrega alleged.
Responding officers saw the taxi in the 2600 block of Wilshire Boulevard and stopped the vehicle.
Witnesses to the bank robbery were brought to the scene where a “field show-up” was conducted and Skylark was identified, Fabrega said.
A replica handgun was allegedly recovered in Skylark’s possession and the undisclosed amount of money taken in the bank robbery was also found in a bag inside the taxi, police said.
Skylark, who is a parolee, was booked at the Santa Monica Jail for bank robbery, kidnapping and parole violation, police said. No bail was set.
The investigation is being handled by detectives from the Santa Monica Police Department Robbery/Homicide Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.