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Suspected 'Button-Down Bandit' Arrested in Montclair

Booking photo of David Michael Younger, 49, of Corona, released by Redlands police Dec. 11, 2013.
Booking photo of David Michael Younger, 49, of Corona, released by Redlands police Dec. 11, 2013.
A suspect believed to be the so-called "Button-down Bandit" responsible for a recent string of bank robberies was arrested Wednesday in Montclair, a Redlands police spokesman said.

The arrested man was identified as David Michael Younger, 49, of Corona, and he was taken into custody Wednesday Dec. 11 in Montclair, two days after the Pacific Western Bank in Redlands was robbed, city spokesman Carl Baker said in a statement.

According to Baker, a white man "described as being in his 40s with sandy blond hair, wearing a buttoned, collared shirt and blue jeans" went into the Pacific Western Bank branch at 218 E. State St., shortly after 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9, and passed a note to the teller demanding cash.

"He left the bank with the money," Baker said. "Witnesses said he fled in a silver Mercedes SUV. Witnesses provided police with a license plate number that was traced to a Hertz rental car agency and linked to Younger."

On Wednesday, Redlands police and Montclair police tried to contact Younger at a residence in Montclair, Baker said.

"Younger saw police at the residence as he approached in his vehicle and a pursuit ensued with Redlands and Montclair police," Baker said. "The pursuit ended at San Antonio Avenue and La Deney Street in Montclair where Younger was taken into custody."

The Button-down Bandit is suspected in five other bank robberies since Nov. 15 in Corona, Riverside, La Quinta, Seal Beach and Yorba Linda. Baker said Younger was given the nickname for button-down shirts he usually wore during the alleged robberies.

Anyone with more info was urged to call Detective Chad Mayfield at (909) 798-7671 or Redlands Police Dispatch at (909) 798-7681.
nobodyuno December 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM
The banks are responsible for the biggest heist in history and not one person was arrested/charged for the crimes committed against the citizens of this country!!! They robbed us and the institutions (banks) that they used to launder the stolen property, then told us the world would end if the banks weren't bailed out. Their flunkies (congress and the presidents) were more than happy to oblige them leaving us holding the bag. We were robbed twice by the banksters and not one of them were held responsible. Go figure!!!
desertpatriot December 12, 2013 at 04:28 PM
@steve: no one forced you to sign up with a bank mortgage which you eventually defaulted on. please use better/sound judgment next time you borrow money
nobodyuno December 12, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Did you fall and smack your tiny little head on the pavement or are you just a moron??? Sound judgement is not your best attribute and your psychic abilities have failed you once again because defaulting on bank loans is something I'm not guilty of... Speak of something you have factual knowledge of otherwise you just come across as an idiot but I'm quite sure this isn't the first time you've heard this!!!
desertpatriot December 12, 2013 at 11:27 PM
oooookay steve, so you're angry with the banks because...??? did these fine lending institutions do something to you personally? how have they made your life worse? why do you have an ax to grind with them. inquiring minds want to know

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