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Robbery suspect in custody, others sought
One man has been arrested in the Jan. 4 robbery of the Whitmore Avenue branch of the Bank of the West.

Louis Albert Hernandez, 38, was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on a robbery charge as the result of a search warrant executed at 614 Sierra Avenue in Modesto on Saturday morning. Police stormed the house at 7 a.m.

At least two other suspects are at large.

According to police, the suspects entered the bank at 3:41 p.m. through the bank's north door. One suspect, described as possibly a black man, standing about 6-foot to 6-foot-2 and weighing 175 to 180 pounds, threw a female customer to the floor. A surveillance video shows the first suspect in a gray hooded sweatshirt, red polo type shirt, beige pants, and black and white shoes.

Hernandez, who has a criminal record, is believed to be the man who approached the teller.

The second suspect moved to the teller windows, with the first suspect, yelling at the victims demanding cash from the drawers. He was described as a Hispanic male adult, approximately 5-foot-8, weighing 180 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, long white shirt, blue jeans, and black and white shoes.

As this took place, it appears a third suspect described as a Hispanic male adult wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, dark pants, and shoes stood by the north door.

While demanding money from bank personnel, one robber held his hand inside clothing as if to simulate a weapon, however no weapon was seen.

After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspects ran out of the north door and two are believed to have climbed into a late 1990s to early 2000's sedan style vehicle, possibly a brown or tan Toyota, driven by a white female adult with brown hair. The vehicle fled north through the Richland Shopping Center. The third suspect was seen running on foot into a neighborhood north of the bank.

Anyone with information on the robbery or the other suspects is encouraged to contact Detective Darren Venn at 538-5616.