A man suspected in bank robberies in Venice and West Hollywood last month was arrested after he allegedly attempted to rob a customer of another bank in Hollywood, authorities said.
Rex Lutton, 54, who is suspected of being the “Tourist Bandit,” was arrested Aug. 26after he allegedly attempted to rob a customer who was transferring a large sum of money inside a Bank of America branch on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, said Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Lutton, whom police allege was armed with a knife during the attempted robbery, fled the bank but was subsequently apprehended near the bank by security guards working in the area, Eimiller said.
The Los Angeles Police Department and FBI were called to the scene and conducted an investigation.
The suspect was wanted in connection with a pair of bank robberies in West Hollywood Aug. 22 and Venice Aug. 24, according to the FBI. In the Venice incident, the suspect dubbed the “Tourist Bandit” was wearing a Venice Beach sweatshirt and allegedly told the teller at a Bank of America on Windward Avenue that he had a bomb before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.
Photos of the “Tourist Bandit” taken by security cameras inside the banks were released to the media following the incidents.
Lutton is being held at LAPD Hollywood division and was booked on state charges in connection with the attempted armed robbery inside the Hollywood bank Aug. 26, Eimiller said.
Lutton, a parolee at large who escaped from federal custody earlier last month, is also expected to be charged federally in connection with the Venice and West Hollywood bank robberies, Eimiller said.