Kevin MacMillan

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October 8, 2013
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Man suspected in Tahoe armed bank robberies arrested

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — A man wanted in connection with two armed robberies at Lake Tahoe banks this summer has been apprehended.

James Patrick Harnett, 49, of San Francisco was arrested at about 5 p.m. Monday at the Reno Transit Center on E. 4th St., officials with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Detectives from the North Tahoe branch of PCSO and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, along with the FBI, assisted in apprehending Harnett, who was considered armed and dangerous, as well as a flight risk.

PCSO detectives issued a warrant for Harnett’s arrest after receiving a tip he was in downtown Reno. A WCSO detective contacted him while he was making a call from a pay phone inside the transit center, and officers arrested him without incident or injury.

Harnett is suspected of robbing the Bank of the West in Kings Beach on Aug. 23, and the El Dorado Savings Bank on Aug. 21 in South Lake Tahoe.

In the Kings Beach incident, Harnett allegedly had a black handgun during the 10:30 a.m. robbery and fled with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was hurt in the incident.

The South Lake Tahoe robbery took place at 9:39 a.m. when Harnett allegedly entered the bank and gave a teller a note that demanded cash. He reportedly said he had a gun, but no gun was seen. He reportedly left the location with an unknown amount of cash.

Harnett was in custody Tuesday afternoon at the WCSO main jail in Reno, where he awaited extradition to Placer County on a $100,000 arrest warrant.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 15, 2013 07:17PM Published Oct 9, 2013 01:38PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.