Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

'Sports Fan Bandit' bank robbery suspect arrested

August 5, 2011 | 12:00 pm

A man suspected of being the "Sports Fan Bandit," a bank robber who wore caps with sports team logos as he robbed the same Ontario bank twice, has been arrested, officials said.

Tim Thien Tran, 36, of San Bernardino, was arrested Wednesday night as Ontario police served a search warrant at his home. Police believe that he is responsible for two robberies -– one in February and another last month -- at a Comercia Bank branch located at 800 N. Haven Ave.

Officials said Tran was armed during both robberies, and that he earned the nickname for wearing a New York Yankees hat during the February robbery and a Green Bay Packers hat in July. Police said evidence found at the scene of each robbery helped them identify a suspect, and that evidence found at Tran's home Wednesday further linked him to the crimes.

Tran was arrested without incident and booked for on a robbery charge at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.


Weed-eating goats return to downtown L.A.

Fullerton police chief could be forced out over beating death

Bubba Smith autopsy completed; toxicology tests still pending

-- Kate Mather