Surveillance images of the “Dual Valley Bandit” whose real identity is believed to be Shownee Shon Smith, 41, of Pasadena. Photos: FBI

A shotgun-toting serial bank robbery suspect hit one too many financial institutions when he was caught with a bag of cash making a getaway after allegedly robbing a Pasadena Wells Fargo bank.

Police and the FBI said they believe they nabbed the robber dubbed the “Dual Valley Bandit.” Shownee Shon Smith, 41, of Pasadena is possibly responsible for 10 other bank robberies in Los Angeles County, said Pasadena police Lt. Bill Grisafe.

Officers responded about 3:50 p.m. Saturday to an armed robbery in progress at Wells Fargo, 3701 E. Foothill Blvd., where they arrested the man while he exited the bank, Grisafe said.

Smith had a shotgun and a bag containing money, but no one was injured, said Pasadena police Lt. Javier Aguilar said.

“I am extremely proud of the first responders of the Pasadena Police Department who courageously faced a dangerous situation and were able to quickly take an armed robbery suspect, believe to be responsible for numerous bank robberies throughout Los Angeles County, safely into custody,” said Pasadena police Chief Phillip Sanchez.

“I am grateful no one was injured during this incident,” Sanchez continued.

Smith was arrested at 3:47 p.m. Saturday and booked into the Pasadena Jail at 5:35 p.m. Saturday, where he was being held in lieu of $256,000 bail, according to the Sheriff’s Inmate Information Center.

Police asked anyone with any information regarding the previous robberies to call the FBI’s Los Angeles office at (310) 477-6565 or the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.

–City News Service


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