Federal agents have arrested one suspect and identified a second in connection with the May 19 "takeover" robbery of a Salt Lake County bank.
According to documents filed in U.S. District Court, a man identified as Juan Jose Zamora was arrested last week in Universal City, Calif., with $750 in red-dye-stained money.It's believed that the money was part of the $12,804 taken during the armed stick-up of First Security Bank, 1030 W. Atherton Drive (4340 South). An exploding pack of red dye was included with the stolen cash and apparently covered much of the loot.
The court documents were filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City along with an arrest warrant for a second suspect, Manuel Gilbert Jimenez. The documents include a complaint charging Jimenez with bank robbery, use of a firearm in the robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Jimenez and a third suspect, who has not been identified, are still at large.
FBI Special Agent Augustus M. Fennerty IV said in the complaint that Zamora "admitted that he participated in the robbery of the First Security Bank . . . with two others, who he did not name."
Two masked men entered the bank shortly after 11 a.m. and ordered everyone to lie on the floor and not look at them. Among the witnesses to the robbery was FBI Special Agent Daniel R. Ward, who was inside the bank on an investigation involving another case.
The complaint said one of the robbers caught Ward looking at him and threatened to kill him. A laser handgun sight was trained on Ward at the time, the complaint added.
Witnesses said one of the robbers had a stopwatch around his neck and was communicating with someone on a hand-held radio while the other man was taking the money. After they were done, one of them shot a bullet into the wall behind the tellers' counter, and then they fled in a sedan with California license plates.
The complaint said a Chevrolet Impala matching the witnesses' description of the getaway car was later found on the 100 East block of Baird Avenue (3600 South). The car had been reported stolen from Murdock Chevrolet in Woods Cross.