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22-year old Temecula man arrested on suspicion of robbing Bank of Hemet

A 22-year-old Temecula man was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of robbing a bank in San Jacinto.

On Tuesday at 10:48 a.m., deputies assigned to the San Jacinto Station responded to a robbery at the Bank of Hemet in the 400 block of E. Esplanade Avenue in San Jacinto. According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the suspect entered the bank, handed the teller a note, and fled the location with an undisclosed amount of cash,

Deputies began an investigation and were able to quickly identify the suspect and a description of his vehicle.

Deputies assigned to the Southwest Station located the suspect, identified as 22-year-old James Cook, on Benton Road and Via Cajon in the unincorporated area of Sage. 

A vehicle enforcement stop was conducted and Cook was arrested and booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center for robbery. Evidence from the bank robbery was recovered during the investigation, the department said. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Investigator Vasquez of the San Jacinto Station at 951-654-2702.

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