'Tiger Bandit' Suspect Arrested

Winston Damian Evans is believed to be responsible for six recent bank robberies, including ones in Santa Monica and Marina del Rey.

A man believed to be the "Tiger Bandit" was arrested on Tuesday in Compton, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Winston Damian Evans, 32, is believed to be responsible for six bank robberies in Southern California from Nov. 23 to Nov. 30, including banks in Santa Monica and Marina del Rey. Evans admitted his role in the robberies and bank robbery charges were filed against him on Thursday, sheriff's officials said.

Evans, 32, was tracked to a relative's house in Compton, where LASD Major Crimes detectives discovered clothing believed to have been worn during the robberies, cash and a silver Nissan Altima which matched surveillance video images of the getaway car used during the Santa Monica robbery, according to the department.

The Tiger Bandit received his nickname because he could be seen wearing a Detroit Tigers baseball cap in bank surveillance photos. The robberies occurred in Cerritos on Nov. 23, Long Beach and Marina del Rey on Nov. 24, Santa Monica on Nov. 27, Huntington Beach on Nov. 29 and Lomita on Nov. 30.


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