Suspect in Hammond bank robbery arrested

Police arrested a suspected bank robber in Ponchatoula less than 12 hours after he allegedly walked into First Guaranty Bank in Hammond Saturday and passed a note to a teller demanding money, according to Hammond police.

Edmond Nunez, 51, 1681 La. 51, Ponchatoula, was arrested in a joint operation by officers with the Hammond and Ponchatoula police departments shortly before midnight Saturday on counts of first-degree robbery, according to a Hammond police news release.

Police released a photo and description of the suspect Saturday shortly after he walked into the bank, 2111 W. Thomas St., just before noon and passed a note to a teller demanding money, police said.

The note also said he had a gun, but no gun was ever displayed during the robbery, police said.

Nunez was taken to the Hammond Police Department on Saturday night and was scheduled to be booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on the first-degree robbery counts, the release says.

Nunez also faces other charges from the Ponchatoula Police Department, the release says.