SANTA MONICA—On Friday, October 27, Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department indicated in an email to Canyon News that a suspect has been arrested for a bank robbery that transpired in September 2023. The SMPD reported that on September 22, at around 9:30 a.m., a solo suspect entered the First Citizens Bank on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, pointed a firearm at employees and demanded money.
The tellers handed over cash to the suspect who fled out the back door of the bank. Officers from the SMPD responded and commenced an investigation. Upon reviewing security camera footage, photos of the suspect and getaway vehicle were released in a public bulletin.
Detectives from the SMPD were able to identify the suspect and obtain a warrant for her arrest. Yolanda Denise Caldwell, 52, of Los Angeles was taken into custody on October 25. She was booked into the Santa Monica Jail for 211 PC, Robbery.
Anyone with additional details on the incident is asked to contact Detective Burciaga at George.Burciaga@santamonica.gov, Sergeant Gradle at Ryan.Gradle@santamonica.gov, or the Criminal Investigations Division at (310) 458-8451 during business hours.