2-time Metairie Bank robbery suspect arrested after witness follows him

Updated: Dec. 13, 2017 at 10:20 PM CST
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JEFFERSON, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto announced the arrest of 54-year-old Timothy Ruiz of Jefferson for armed robbery and first-degree robbery.

On Wednesday just after 2:30 p.m., members of the First District Patrol Division responded to a silent hold-up alarm at the Metairie Bank in the 3600 block of Jefferson Highway. Minutes earlier, Ruiz had produced a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from the bank teller.

Following the robbery, Ruiz fled the scene but a witness saw him walking out of the bank with his face covered and carrying a bag. The witness followed Ruiz to the corner of Hyman and Jefferson Highway, where Ruiz walked down an alleyway. The witness watched as Ruiz removed clothing and then crawled underneath a building.

Ruiz was arrested shortly thereafter without incident. He was taken to the JPSO Investigations Bureau, where detectives said he confessed to the robbery.

JPSO robbery detectives were also investigating an armed robbery at the same bank that occurred on Oct. 10.  They said Ruiz confessed to that crime, as well.

Detectives recovered an undetermined amount of cash that will ultimately be returned to the bank.

Ruiz has prior arrests for domestic battery, disturbing the peace, DWI and traffic violations.

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