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Police arrest suspect in Capital One armed bank robbery

Luther Smith (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Luther Smith (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
This was a surveillance image released of the bank robbery suspect. (Source: Baton Rouge Police Department) This was a surveillance image released of the bank robbery suspect. (Source: Baton Rouge Police Department)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Police made an arrest in a bank robbery in which a gun was flashed after receiving a tip they said led to the suspect's identity.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Luther Smith, 56, of Baton Rouge, was taken into custody Thursday night. He is accused of robbing the Capital One Bank on College Drive.

Cpl. L'Jean Mckneely Jr. with BRPD Smith was caught while walking down the street. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a charge of armed robbery. No bond was set.

Authorities credited a tip to Crime Stoppers with helping them identify Smith as a suspect.

The bank robbery happened Thursday around 2 p.m.

Investigators said the suspect walked in through the back doors of the bank, which is also a public entrance, and approached the front counter. He reportedly passed a note demanding money from the teller.

Detectives added the suspect also raised the front of his shirt for the teller to see he had a gun in his waistband. They said he walked away after taking the money.

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