UPDATE: Police arrest man detained by security guard on suspicion of 2 Bakersfield bank robberies

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UPDATE (8:30 p.m.) — Bakersfield police said a man detained by a security guard following a robbery attempt at a Bank of America on Friday morning has been arrested. Police say the man has also been linked to a bank robbery on Wednesday at a Wells Fargo on California Avenue.

A bank robbery at a Citibank on Oswell Street later in the afternoon on Wednesday remains under investigation, police said.

Police identified the man as Fernando Franco, 36, of Bakersfield. The department said Franco was booked into the Kern County Jail on two counts of robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bakersfield police at 661-327-7111.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A security guard at a Bank of America branch detained a man he believed may be responsible for two bank robberies that occurred earlier this week, police said.

Detectives were dispatched at about 11:45 a.m. Friday to the Bank of America on California Avenue. Employees said a man entered the branch who they and the guard believed they recognized from reports of robberies that occurred Wednesday at Citibank and Wells Fargo branches, according to police.

A security guard detained the man while law enforcement was called. Police said it was not clear whether a robbery was taking place when the guard detained the man, or whether the man is the same person from the earlier robberies.

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