A 20-year-old Whittier man was arrested late last month by Glendale police for allegedly using a fake gun to rob a man at an ATM.
Frankie Ortega was arrested May 25 after the Glendale Police Department linked him to the robbery of a man the evening of April 26 at a Bank of America in the 3800 block of San Fernando Road.
Sgt. Dan Suttles said the man was withdrawing money when he was approached by a trio of strangers. One of the men lifted up his shirt, revealing a handgun — which authorities later determined to be a toy — tucked into his waistband.
Suttles said the victim was punched in the face. The trio robbed him of the $60 he had withdrawn. The group fled in a nearby vehicle.
Glendale police investigators tracked the vehicle used in the robbery to its owner, Ortega, Suttles said.
Ortega was then taken into custody. He remains imprisoned in lieu of $120,000 bail.