Fountain Valley Police and the FBI have apprehended a Long Beach meth head and jailed him for robbery of a Citi Bank branch near Brookhurst and Slater Friday last.
The parolee “had recently been released from prison”, so of course we’re wondering if Mclaughlin had been an early discharge via Moonbeam Brown’s recent prison realignment scheme: CA CRIME SKYROCKETS IN WAKE OF BROWN’S PRISON RELEASE PLAN.
On Friday April 19, 2013 at 4:49 p.m. the Fountain Valley Police Department responded to a call of a robbery at the CITI Bank located at 17400 Brookhurst Street. A suspect had entered the bank and handed the bank teller a note demanding money. After receiving cash from the teller, the suspect fled from the bank and was last seen running south through the parking lot.
Detectives from the Fountain Valley Police Department investigated a tip provided by a witness from a bank nearby where the suspect had been acting suspiciously just prior to committing the robbery at CITI Bank. This tip ultimately led to the identification of John Mclaughlin, a 35 year old parolee from Long Beach, CA. Mclaughlin had recently been released from prison and was on parole after being convicted of robbery in 2010.
On 4-22-13 at 7:48 p.m. Detectives from the Fountain Valley Police Department and the FBI located Mclaughlin in the city of Long Beach. Mclaughlin was taken into custody without incident. A portion of the money believed to have been taken during the robbery was recovered. Mclaughlin was booked into Orange County Jail pending charges for Robbery, possession of methamphetamine, and a parole violation.
Current Patch story late this afternoon: Parolee Arrested for Alleged Citibank Robbery.