FBI agents thwart Ventura bank robbery

July 1, 2014

jailA Los Angeles man is in jail after his attempt to rob a Ventura bank on Monday was foiled by two FBI agents who just happened to be in the building.

At about 3 p.m., Manuel Hernandez, 28, slipped a note demanding cash to a teller at a Chase Bank in Ventura. The teller then activated a silent robbery alarm before placing an undisclosed amount of cash in a bag.

On the second floor of the bank building, bank staff informed the FBI agents of the robbery. The agents then spotted Hernandez walking out of the bank with a bag in his hand before breaking into a run.

The agents out ran Hernandez and arrested him not far from the bank.


11 Comments

  1. indigo1955 says:

    That is almost as slick (but not quite) as the SLOPD who closed in on the 4 or 5 people from LA several years ago who were on their way in with weapons to rob a bank here in town. No one needed to be traumatized at all….phone calls from citizens who saw them in their car looking suspicious-and on there way in….nixed that little gig real quick. Enough to convict too.

    It is too bad people are in another state of consciousness entirely (yep…cell phones) or they might notice the world going on around them. The glazed-over state of humanity never ceases to amaze me….but it is not everyone….there are a few out there not in cyber-land. I actually thought I was carrying on a conversation with someone the other day-I mean the responses sounded pretty cohesive at first. But then, when they started asking about feeding the dog, I spotted the ear piece. Curses! Human interaction foiled again!

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    • pasoparent5 says:

      But if you’re reading an on-line news site, aren’t YOU kinda in “cyber-land” too?

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    • Slowerfaster says:

      “It is too bad people are in another state of consciousness entirely (yep…cell phones) or they might notice the world going on around them. The glazed-over state of humanity never ceases to amaze me….but it is not everyone….there are a few out there not in cyber-land. I actually thought I was carrying on a conversation with someone the other day-I mean the responses sounded pretty cohesive at first. But then, when they started asking about feeding the dog, I spotted the ear piece. Curses! Human interaction foiled again!”

      Hard to escape the hordes of electro-zombies today.
      I used to point out to these drones how rude their behavior was …interrupting and ongoing conversation to reply to a non-emergency cell call, or even initiating a text or call .
      Course, then I was the ‘bad guy’.

      Now, when this happens, I pretend to be having a different conversation with an imaginary ‘friend’. Typically, it ends up being ‘addition by subtraction’ with the dolts avoiding me.
      I benefit with much more intelligent discourse.

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      • r0y says:

        This, we are in agreement on 100%. Even my loved ones fall victim to electro-zombism; I even find myself getting upset or frustrated at my wife: “Really? We’re out at dinner, wouldn’t you like to just enjoy a moment without the cellphone?” – it usually breaks the spell, but it is always there. Kids, too, of course.

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  2. MarkGB says:

    In smaller towns the FBI usually leases office space from banks. It’s affordable and low profile.

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  3. aft50s says:

    Talk about bad luck, what are the odds of 2 FBI agents being in a bank at the same time a robbery is taking place?

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    • Jorge Estrada says:

      You gotta keep an open mind, they may have been investigating the bank?

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      • topper01 says:

        As MarkGB said, they often rent office space in bank buildings. Our local FBI used to rent an office in a bank. Not sure if they still do.

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    • Stunned says:

      The odds ARE astounding. 1) Two FBI agents that can run and 2) Two FBI agents catching a bank robber. Off the charts!!

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