Four suspects in a series of four armed robberies in Reno were arrested Monday after allegedly robbing another bank while under surveillance by FBI agents and local police.
The FBI, Reno police, K-9 officers and a Washoe County sheriff's
helicopter set up the surveillance operation at various business
locations in south Reno Monday in anticipation the suspects in four
previous holdups between Nov. 28 and Dec. 31 would strike again.
Four masked gunmen previously conducted "takeover style"
robberies at two banks and twice at the same check-cashing store,
Reno Police Lt. Ron Donnelly said. In each case, they held
employees and customers at gun point, he said.
At 10:55 a.m. Monday, Reno detectives and an FBI agent saw a
silver Honda Accord with no license plates drive up to the front of
the Nevada State Bank near Meadowood Mall.
Three passengers quickly exited the vehicle, donned ski masks
and entered the bank, while the forth man waited near the front of
the bank near the getaway car, Donnelly said in a statement.
The three masked men allegedly robbed the bank and got back in
the Honda Accord. Law officers in unmarked cars followed the men as
they drove to a confined area of a shopping center parking lot and
The four were taken into custody without incident and evidence
linking them to the Nevada State Bank robbery was found in their
car, Donnelly said.
They face federal rank robbery charges in connection with
Monday's robbery while an investigation continues into the earlier
robberies at Cash Plus Check Cashing at 4056 Kietzke Lane on Nov.
28 and Dec. 12, U.S. Bank at 4000 Kietzke Lane on Dec. 19 and Bank
of America at 5905 S. Virginia St. on Dec. 31.
The four men arrested, all from Reno, were identified as: Felix
Martinez-Lopez, 22; Esteban Martinez-Lopez, 20; David Miguel
Ramirez, 18; and Angel Garcia, 19.