Suspected ‘Quad Bandit’ arrested

CERRITOS – A suspected serial bank robber known as the “Quad Bandit” was arrested after robbing a Brea bank last week, authorities announced. Jonathan Oechsle, 47, of Anaheim, allegedly robbed a Bank of the West on State College Boulevard in Brea at about 3:53 p.m. last Thursday.

Police say Oechsle used a note during the robbery and fled in a silver Chevrolet Cavalier.

Officers from the Fullerton Police Department spotted the car and chased Oechsle for two miles, until he crashed into a curb in the 1600 block of Skyline Way in Fullerton. He surrendered without incident.

Authorities believe Oeschsle is the Quad Bandit, wanted for robbing nine banks in multiple cities, including in Cerritos, La Habra, Anaheim and Anaheim Hills.

“During the robberies, the suspect known as the Quad Bandit typically passes a note and makes a verbal demand for cash,” FBI officials said. “In some of the robberies, the Quad Bandit has threatened a weapon, or has appeared to have gestured toward what might be a weapon, according to victims.”

FBI investigators dubbed him the Quad Bandit after he robbed or attempted to rob four separate banks in Buena Park last March.

Oechsle was booked for the Brea robbery and charges related to the pursuit.



Published: Aug. 14, 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 18