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"Geezer Bandit" Impersonator arrested, rushed to hospital

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CARLSBAD (CBS 8) - A man who neighbors identified to News 8 as 58-year-old Edward Power, was taken to the hospital by ambulance Monday night from Carlsbad Police Headquarters, where investigators had been questioning him about an armed bank robbery and two attempted robberies.  The suspect had existing health concerns, investigators said.

According to Oceanside Police Lt. Leonard Mata, the suspect entered the Wells Fargo Bank on Vista Way around 3:30pm Monday, claiming to be the infamous "Geezer Bandit".  He showed a handgun to a teller, demanded money, and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.  A witness who saw him leave in a PT Cruiser, got his license plate number and reported it to police.

Carlsbad Police and SWAT officers then set up a perimeter around the suspect's home at The Village Apartments in Carlsbad. Carlsbad Police Lt. Kelly Cain says officers watched as the man returned home alone, went inside his apartment, and then came back outside with a woman, who neighbors identified as Power's wife. Police detained both suspects, but later told News 8 they believe the man acted alone, and were questioning the woman as a witness.

Lt. Cain says the suspect is also being linked to an attempted robbery at a Bank of America on South El Camino Real in Carlsbad, which took place shortly before the Oceanside bank robbery. The suspect in that robbery presented a demand note, but for unknown reasons, left before he received any money. Investigators say around 3pm, a man fitting the suspect's description also tried to rob a medical supply company in Carlsbad. Employees there tell police he presented a demand note, but when they told him they didn't keep cash there, he left.

The FBI tells News 8 the suspect does not appear to be the "Geezer Bandit," who is responsible for nearly a dozen bank robberies across San Diego and Riverside counties since August 2009. 

Neighbors also tell News 8 that Power doesn't look like the "Geezer Bandit" they've seen pictured in surveillance video on the news. "I don't think it's the Geezer Bandit," neighbor Ryan Hunter said, adding, "I see the guy all the time. He looks like an old hippy, just really friendly. Every time I talk to him he always says hello. I would have never suspected it."  Neighbor Nannette Ferguson, who witnessed the arrest, said, "They looked like beach people, gray hair, beard, just.. nonchalant, with a button down beach shirt. They look like the kind of people you'd invite to a beach party."

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