The Irvine Police Department arrested Ryan Ray Staples, 21, on Tuesday for a bank robbery at the Bank of America at 4500 Barranca Parkway.
The police responded on June 9 to that location at about 3:40 p.m. after a silent alarm was triggered inside the bank. A bank employee confirmed by phone that a robbery had just occurred and advised that the suspect passed a note to the teller demanding money. The teller stated no weapon was seen. The suspect left the bank with the money in a clear plastic bag.
Bank employees followed the suspect at a distance as he exited and were able to provide the police with a detailed description.
Officers responded to the area and located a male matching the suspect’s description walking in a business complex across the street from the bank. The male was detained and the stolen U.S. currency in the plastic bag was recovered.
The suspect was arrested without incident and was booked at the Orange County Jail. The case was referred to the OCDA for prosecution.
The FBI believes that the suspect may be responsible for other bank robberies, both inside and outside California. The FBI will work with the Irvine Police Department on a joint investigation.
If you have information related to this case please contact Irvine Police Detective John Sanders at 949-724-7233.