Crime

Suspect in downtown Fresno bank robbery arrested

Angel Sanchez, 50. Fresno police say he is wanted in connection with the robbery of the Bank of the West in downtown Fresno.
Angel Sanchez, 50. Fresno police say he is wanted in connection with the robbery of the Bank of the West in downtown Fresno. Fresno Police Department

The man suspected of robbing the Bank of the West in downtown Fresno was arrested Thursday, police said.

Angel Sanchez, 50, had been considered armed and dangerous, Sgt. Brian Valles said.

Police believe Sanchez is the robber who left with an undisclosed amount of cash after passing a note to a clerk demanding money around 4 p.m. Wednesday at the bank on the corner of Van Ness Avenue and Fresno Street. No one was injured.

The robber wrote in his note that he had a weapon, and made a gesture to the clerk that it was in his pocket, but no weapon was visible during the robbery, Lt. Jerardo Chamalbide said.

In surveillance video, the robber’s face is visible but his hair style and color are concealed by a white hoodie sweater pulled tight. The suspect is clean-shaven, 5 feet 10 inches with a thin build, Chamalbide said. The robber fled the bank through an alley on its north side.

Anyone with information about the case or suspect is asked to call Fresno police at 559-621-2081 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867.

Witness Joe Nunez describes a bank robbery that occurred Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 at the Bank of the West at 2035 Fresno Street in downtown Fresno, CA.

Joe Nunez, 43, an attorney from Southern California, said he was inside the bank during the robbery.

Nunez said he didn’t realize there was a robbery until he saw the suspect sprint out, kicking open two sets of double doors along the way, as a clerk yelled for the doors to be locked.

He and other witnesses were then locked inside the bank for several minutes after the robbery until police arrived.

“It appeared to be a robbery by note,” Nunez said. “I did not hear any threats, any ‘Give me your money.’ I did not see any weapons, frankly. From what I’ve been hearing, it looks like he got away with a few hundred dollars.”

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