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Two nabbed in bank robbery
• Bank of the West robbed on Friday
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Deanthony Barnett (left) was arrested in Friday's bank robbery at Bank of the West in Ceres while Anthony Wayne Brown was arrested Monday as the get-away driver. - photo by Contributed

A 28-year-old Ceres man was arrested Friday and charged with the robbery of the Bank of the West branch at 2501 E. Whitmore Avenue moments prior.

A second suspect, identified as get-away driver Anthony Wayne Brown, 48, also of Ceres, was arrested on Monday morning.

Police were notified of the robbery at 4:17 p.m. and dispatched officers to the scene. Officers were told the robber was a black male aged 30 to 40, standing about six foot tall and wearing a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt. No vehicle description was offered. The suspect did not show a weapon during the robbery. 

Bank security was able to track the money given to the suspect, directing officers to an apartment complex located in the 3000 block of Tenth Street, several blocks southeast of the bank. In the parking lot they detained several persons matching the general description of the suspect. One of the detained males, Deanthony Barnett, was identified as the suspect and positively identified by bank security cameras. 

Brown was also detained on Friday and not arrested until detectives had evidence that he participated by driving Barnett from the scene.

The money was partially hidden under an air conditioning unit in the apartment complex. Part of the robbery note was also located.