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Police Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect

By Lookout Staff

October 27, 2023 -- Police on Wednesday arrested a suspect wanted for the armed robbery of a Montana Avenue bank last month, police officials said Friday.

Yolanda Caldwell

The incident took place September 22 at around 9:30 a.m. when a lone suspect entered the First Citizens Bank at 1630 Montana Avenue, pointed a firearm at employees and demanded money, police said.

"Fearing for their lives, two tellers handed over cash to the suspect who took it and fled out the back door of the bank," said Lt. Erika Aklufi, the Police Department spokesperson.

Officers responded for the investigation and after reviewing security camera footage released a public bulletin with photos of the suspect and getaway vehicle, Aklufi said.

"Using information gleaned from multiple sources, detectives from the SMPD were able to identify the suspect and obtain a warrant for her arrest," Aklufi said.

The suspect -- Yolanda Denise Caldwell, 51, of Los Angeles -- was taken into custody by SMPD detectives on Wednesday in Redondo Beach, according to police.

Caldwell was booked into the Santa Monica Jail for robbery.

Anyone with additional information about the suspect or incident should email Detective Burciaga at or Sergeant Gradle at

Or they can all the Criminal Investigations Division at (310)458-8451 during business hours.

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