A Palmdale parolee charged with robbing a Newhall bank last week has been linked to bank holdups in Simi Valley and Camarillo, authorities announced Friday.
Demarie Rashad Mackey,23, was arrested on May 25, minutes after an armed robbery at a Bank of America in the 24000 block of Valley Street in Newhall, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Press Release.
A lone, armed suspect entered the Bank of America with a stocking over his head and jumped over the counter, held two tellers at gun point and demanded cash, the press release states.
Santa Clarita Station Deputies located the suspect’s red Toyota Camry traveling northbound on Highway 14 at Sand Canyon Road. Mackey was detained at gun point and ultimately arrested for the bank robbery.
Simi Valley Police investigators have also identified Mackey as the man responsible for a Simi Valley bank robbery on May 15.
Around 10 a.m. on May 15, the Chase Bank at 5105 Los Angeles Avenue was robbed at gun point, according to a press release from the Simi Valley Police Department.
Nearby schools were placed on ‘lock down’ as Simi Valley Police along with their SWAT Team, K-9, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department helicopter conducted an extensive search for the bank robber. A suspect was not located that day, but Simi Valley Police continued with the investigation.
On May 26, the Simi Valley Police Department received information that a suspect was apprehended in the Newhall bank robbery, and they determined that the suspect’s description was similar to the one from the Simi Valley Chase bank robbery, officials said.
During the investigation, LASD Detectives linked Mackey to the Simi Valley Chase Bank robbery and another bank robbery in the city of Camarillo.
The Simi Valley and Camarillo bank robbery investigations involving Mackey are being forwarded to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration for two counts of bank robbery.
Mackey was on active state parole during the robberies and he resides in the Palmdale area, according to the Simi Valley Police Department.
Mackey pleaded not guilty on May 29 to charges connected to the Newhall bank robbery. He is currently being held without bail regarding a warrant for a parole violation.
(Information via press releases from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Simi Valley Police Department.)