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.READ MORE: Deep-Sea Pacific Footballfish, Typically Found At Depths Of More Than 3,000 Feet, Washes Up On Crystal Cove Beach
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.READ MORE: Off-Duty LAPD Officer Arrested During Family Disturbance In Inglewood
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.MORE NEWS: NBC Will Not Air 2022 Golden Globes Amid Hollywood Foreign Press Association Controversy
Currently, Lutton is being held at the LAPD Hollywood Division.