Belmont bank robbery suspect arrested

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A 44-year-old man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of robbing a Bank of America branch in Belmont two days before, police said.

At 11 a.m. Friday, police responded to the bank robbery call in the 2000 block of Ralston Avenue and arrived after the suspect had fled. The suspect had informed teller he was armed with a handgun and had demanded money before fleeing the scene.

Investigators began working with witnesses and surrounding police agencies to determine the suspect’s identity. With help from the San Bruno, Colma, Daly City and Oakland police departments, detectives were able to track the suspect to the East Bay and identify the vehicle used in the case.

On Sunday night, Berkeley police located Aklilu Asefaha, whose last known address was in Berkeley, and the vehicle used during the crime in an industrial area of Berkeley. He was taken into custody without incident and is being held at the Santa Rita Jail on multiple charges for crimes he is suspected of committing.

Photo courtesy of the Belmont Police Department