Ceres police reveal identity of cross-dressing bank robber

09/26/2012 11:00 AM

09/26/2012 11:56 PM

A man dressed as a woman who robbed a bank last week has been identified by police as 26-year-old Leonard Charles Brown Jr.

On Sept. 18, a man went into the Bank of America on Mitchell Road wearing a black wig, an off-the-shoulder women's shirt, black miniskirt and stretchy pants. He carried a purple purse.

He demanded money and last was seen running east across Mitchell with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Acting on a tip from an anonymous witness, the Ceres SWAT team searched an apartment complex for the robber and another man the witness said he saw.

No one was in the apartment, and the man who lived there had nothing to do with the robbery, Sgt. Jose Berber said.

Berber said detectives have not substantiated whether Brown was with another man during the getaway or if the anonymous witness was involved.

Detectives said they believe Brown may be in the Merced area.

Anyone with information about Brown's whereabouts or with any information about this case is encouraged to call the Ceres Police Department at (209) 538-5712 or Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.

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