Suspect at Large in Los Altos Farmers & Merchants Bank Robbery

Long Beach police and the Federal Bureau of Investigations are searching for a man who robbed the Farmers & Merchants Bank on Bellflower Blvd. at around noon Tuesday. 

According to Marlene Arrona of the Long Beach Police Department, the man fled into a nearby neighborhood immediately after the robbery, prompting precautionary lockdowns for about an hour at Prisk Elementary and Stanford Middle schools. FBI officials said the man appeared to be in his 50s and was wearing grey clothing and a grey bandanna over his face. It is unknown if he was armed. 

Police received a call at around 11:55AM regarding a bank robbery. Arriving officers discovered a male adult forcibly removed cash from teller, though no weapon was seen. Officers set up a perimeter on Bellflower Blvd. and 23rd St. to search for the suspect while LBPD Robbery Detectives and FBI responded to the scene. 

At 1:30PM, both schools were removed from lockdown, said a school district spokesperson, and Bellflower Blvd. was reopened to traffic. The suspect remains outstanding. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call LBPD Robbery Detail at (562) 570-7464.

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Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and the editor-at-large at the Long Beach Post. She is also a professor at Santa Ana College where she was once a student before transferring to USC to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sarah has written about music, art, food and beer in local, national and international publications for over a decade. An L.A. native and longtime resident of Long Beach, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest and managing editor at theLAnd magazine. She never sleeps.