Arrest in bizarre L.A. kidnap-bank heist case
The Huntington Park Police Department revealed Wednesday that 33-year-old Ray Vega of Bell, Calif. was arrested for investigation of conspiracy and robbery on Sept. 6. Vega was subsequently released on $100,000 bail.
A police statement did not say what role Vega allegedly played, but characterized the investigation as very fluid.
Authorities have said the bank manager reported she was abducted from outside her Huntington Park home by robbers who strapped what appeared to be an explosive device to her midsection and forced her to turn over money.
The robbers got away with "a decent amount of money," sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said, declining to say how much.
At least one suspect had a gun, according to authorities, who described the robbers only as black men who wore masks.
The kidnapped woman, who was uninjured but distraught, was questioned by police detectives and FBI agents.
A bomb squad determined the device was fake.
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