WEST HOLLYWOOD : Deputies Don't Stray Far to Catch Suspect

West Hollywood deputies had their crime-fighting job made easier when a robber chose to hold up a bank across the street from the sheriff's station on Santa Monica Boulevard.

The alarm was sounded shortly after the robbery at noon Monday, which netted $1,500. Shortly afterward, a witness called to say that the suspect had been spotted about a block away.

Motorcycle Deputy Sean Ruiz began combing the area, peering down residential driveways looking for the suspect.

Almost immediately, Sheriff's Sgt. Art Lucas said, Ruiz spotted a man matching the description of the robber crouched down in front of a parked vehicle in a carport. Ruiz took him into custody, along with the money.

Officers identified the suspect as Ernest James Perkins, 47, of Los Angeles.

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