WALNUT — A Los Angeles County sheriff’s lieutenant is inviting area parolees and their families to join him at the Walnut Senior Center Wednesday for free hot dogs, chips and drinks at an outreach.
The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the center, 21215 La Puente Road, said coordinator Lt. John Saleeby.
The lieutenant has already hosted several other “hot dog outreaches” for parolees in the area. The events are a Christian-based outreach program, often featuring testimonials from ex-convicts, aimed at helping local parolees avoid getting back into trouble with the law.
“It’s the holiday season. It’s time for people to make a new start,” Saleeby said.
Saleeby emphasized that the event is not a sting or a parole compliance check, but simply an effort to provide parolees with a positive support network.
Guests are encouraged to bring their families along.
For more information, contact Saleeby at the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station at 626-913-1715.
WALNUT — Detectives arrested a remorseful robbery suspect Wednesday on suspicion of carrying out a heist the day before at a Walnut bank branch, authorities said.
Jaimes Lawler, 27, is described as a transient with ties to the Walnut area, Sgt. Michael Maher of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Major Crime’s Bureau said. He was booked on suspicion of armed bank robbery.
Lawler, who did not initially appear to have any significant criminal record, said he committed the crime out of financial desperation.
“He sounds somewhat sorry for his actions, more than most,” Maher said.
He was arrested about 9:30 a.m. as he was leaving an apartment building in Los Angeles, the sergeant said.
The robbery took place about 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Bank of America, 200 S. Lemon Ave., sheriff’s officials said.
Lawler entered the bank, handed a teller a note demanding money and brandished a handgun, Maher said. He fled with about $1,700.
A set of hair clippers Lawler used to shave his head and beard following the robbery were also found during his arrest, Lt. Kent Wegener said.
Both sheriff’s and FBI investigators soon identified the suspect as Lawler, partly due to surveillance images obtained from the bank, officials said. He was tracked to an apartment building in the 400 block of South Bixel Avenue in Los Angeles where he was arrested without a struggle.
Officials recovered nearly $1,600 of the loot, as well as a red bag and the hand-written note used in the robbery, Maher said. The gun used in the crime was not found.
“Subsequently, during an interview, (Lawler) confessed to the bank robbery,” Maher said.
According to county booking records, Lawler was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail and was due for arraignment Friday in Pomona Superior Court.
WALNUT — An armed robber fled with an unknown amount of cash Tuesday after a robbery at a Bank of America branch, authorities said.
The crime took place about 11 a.m. at the bank, 200 S. Lemon Ave., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Angela Becerra said.
No one was hurt in the robbery, she added.
According to initial reports from the scene, the robber was a black man in his 20s or 30s, of medium build, wearing a green plaid shirt and black-framed glasses. He brandished a handgun during the crime.
The robber was last seen fleeing the area on foot, authorities said.