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Suspected "Button-Down Bandit" Arrested after brief car chase

Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Issue 50, Volume 17.
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CORONA - A suspected serial bank robber dubbed the "Button-down Bandit" was arrested today following a brief car chase.

David Michael Younger, 50, of Corona was located in Montclair by Redlands police investigators, according to Corona police Sgt. Brent Nelson.

Younger is believed responsible for a hold-up Friday afternoon at a Bank of America branch in the 2600 block of Green River Road in Corona.

"Younger has been tied to the Corona robbery, as well as other robberies in San Bernardino County, Riverside County and Orange County," Nelson said, adding that the suspect has a prior robbery conviction and is on federal probation with an active no-bail arrest warrant pending.

In the Friday hold-up, the suspect handed a note to a teller demanding money and received a handful of cash before fleeing the location in a late- model Mazda four-door compact SUV, according to Nelson.

Surveillance photographs suggested the suspect was the Button-down Bandit. a moniker that reflects his dress style, Nelson said.

The man in Friday's robbery was white, medium height with an auburn- colored mustache and hair, wearing a blue long-sleeved shirt buttoned shirt, sunglasses, and white cap.

In prior robberies, the bandit has had white hair and little or no facial hair, according to photos published by the FBI.

The agency believes he's struck on four other occasions -- Nov. 15 at a Wells Fargo branch in Yorba Linda; Nov. 25 at a Bank of America branch in Seal Beach; Nov. 27 at a U.S. Bank branch in La Quinta; and Dec. 2 at a U.S. Bank branch in Riverside.

During the robberies, the suspect presented tellers notes with statements threatening "Don't make me do it" or "You have 30 seconds," according to the FBI. He also passed notes demanding $50 or $100 denominations, suggesting someone might otherwise get hurt, the agency said.



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