Man turns himself in related to armed bank robbery from 4 years ago

Man turns himself in related to armed bank robbery from 4 years ago

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said the case of an armed robbery at a bank from four years ago has been solved after a man turned himself in to deputies Saturday.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office reported John Mendoza, 26, of Baton Rouge, was booked Sunday.

Deputies said Mendoza contacted them Saturday claiming he had committed an armed bank robbery in November 2011 and wanted to turn himself in.

According to the probable cause report, Mendoza gave specific details about the robbery, including how he planned it, what his intentions were and his escape plan. It also stated he was specific about what he was wearing.

He also reportedly admitted to trying to rob a Regions Bank.

Mendoza was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of bank robbery with a firearm and attempted bank robbery with a firearm. His bond was set at $110,000.

The robbery happened just after 1 p.m. at the Chase Bank on Jones Creek Road at Tiger Bend Road on Nov. 17, 2011. Investigators said a man wearing a Halloween mask and dressed in camouflage robbed the bank at gunpoint. He got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and FBI launched a search for the man, who fled into nearby woods. Southeast Middle School and Woodlawn Middle School, located near the bank, were placed on lockdown as a precaution.

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