FBI Nabs Alleged ‘Tourist Bandit’ In Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — The FBI announced Friday an arrest of the so-called ‘Tourist Bandit’, responsible for a series of bank heists in and around Hollywood and Venice.

Rex Lutton, 54, and no known address, was arrested Friday after officials say he attempted to rob a customer inside a Bank of America branch on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

The merchant customer was allegedly making a large transfer when he or she was held up by Lutton at knife point.

After an altercation, Lutton was said to have fled the premises where he was subsequently apprehended near the bank by security guards working in the area.

Lutton is also the suspect in a pair of bank robberies in West Hollywood and Venice earlier this week.

According to the FBI’s Laura Eimiller, Lutton is a parolee at large who escaped from federal custody earlier this month.

Currently, Lutton is being held at the LAPD Hollywood Division.

  • rich

    get greedy and stupid and you get caught

  • Securitas

    Wrong headline, Mall security nabs bank bandit, hand over to FBI.

  • Pete

    You can’t blame this one on the Mexicans
    Some previous comments said all crimes were
    caused by Mexicans
    Just proved him wrong….Again

  • http://www.wehodaily.com/2011/08/29/police-arrest-tourist-bandit-bank-robbery-suspect/ Weho Daily » Police Arrest ‘Tourist Bandit’ Bank Robbery Suspect

    […] CBS2/KCAL reports that LAPD officers arrested Rex Lutton on Friday after he attempted to rob a customer inside a bank on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. He was subdued and detained by security guards, according to the report. […]

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