Murrieta man arrested for robbing banks in Temecula and Murrieta

Sonny Leu, 62, is suspected of robbing a bank in the City of Temecula and two banks in the City of Murrieta. Photo provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

A 62-year-old Murrieta resident was arrested on suspicion of robbing a bank in the City of Temecula and two banks in the City of Murrieta.

On June 4 at approximately 11:51 a.m., Southwest Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to a panic alarm at a bank in the 40400 block of Margarita Road in the City of Temecula.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the suspect passed a note to the teller demanding money and the teller complied. The suspect fled the location with an undisclosed amount of money before deputies arrived.

While on the scene investigating the robbery, deputies discovered that two additional bank robberies occurred in the City of Murrieta, using the same method and matching the same suspect description. In one of the incidents, a suspect vehicle was identified and located a short time later in the 35000 block of Crickhowell Avenue in the City of Murrieta.

Officers conducted a high-risk vehicle stop and took the driver and sole occupant, Sonny Tho Leu, a 62-year-old resident of Murrieta, into custody without incident.

Through investigative means, Leu was positively identified as the suspect responsible for the three bank robberies, the sheriff’s department reported. A search warrant was served on Leu’s residence and vehicle. Several items of evidentiary value were located connecting Leu to each of the robberies, according to the sheriff’s department.

Leu was booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center for multiple counts of robbery and criminal threats.

Anyone with additional information related to the bank robbery in the City of Temecula is asked to contact Sergeant J. Hephner of the Southwest Station RBST Team at 951-304–5087.


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