JEFFERSON, LA. - Deputies in Jefferson Parish say a 54-year-old has been arrested after a bank robbery in Jefferson Wednesday afternoon.
According to Sheriff Joseph Lopinto, deputies responded to a silent alarm at the Metairie Bank located in the 3600 block of Jefferson Highway just after 2:30 p.m.
Investigators say 54-year-old Timothy Ruiz pulled out a handgun and demanded money from a bank teller before fleeing the scene. A witness spotted a man walking out of the bank with his face covered and carrying a bag. The witness followed the man to the corner of Hyman Drive and Jefferson Highway where he saw Ruiz walk down an alleyway, remove his clothing and crawl underneath a building.
Deputies arrested Ruiz shortly after without incident. Lopinto said Ruiz was transported to the JPSO Investigations Bureau and confessed to the robbery.
Lopinto said Ruiz also confessed to a second armed robbery at the same location that happened on October 10, 2017.
“Our detectives recovered an undetermined amount of cash that will ultimately be returned to the bank,” Lopinto said.
Ruiz was booked on charges of armed robbery and first-degree robbery. JPSO reports that he has prior arrests for domestic battery, disturbing the peace, DWI and other traffic violations.
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