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Tax Day bank robbery in Citrus Heights ends with quick arrest

Citrus Heights police said suspect Giovanni Johnson was arrested following an April 15, 2019, bank robbery. // Image credit: CHPD

Sentinel staff report–
A 20-year-old Sacramento man was arrested on April 15 after police said he robbed a Citrus Heights bank and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Citrus Heights police said officers responded to a report of a robbery around 3:45 p.m. at Bank of the West, located at the intersection of Greenback Lane and San Juan Avenue. A bank employee who reported the crime told police that a lone man had entered the building and “approached a bank teller, and passed the teller a note demanding money,” police said in a news release on Monday evening.

Authorities said the note mentioned a gun, although no weapon was brandished or used during the robbery. The suspect then fled the bank on foot with “an undisclosed amount of money,” the news release said.

Suspect Giovanni Johnson, of Sacramento, was arrested while officers conducted an area check to locate a male suspect who was “described to be wearing a red beanie and in possession of a lot of clothing.”

Police said officers quickly located Johnson nearby and he was subsequently “positively identified by witnesses as the robbery suspect.”

Johnson was arrested and charged with robbery and violation of parole. According to police, he was already on active parole for a prior bank robbery.

Anyone with additional information related to the incident is asked to contact the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916) 727-5500.

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