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The 'Tourist Bandit's' Vacation is Over

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There comes a time when every tourist — bandit or not — needs to pack up his tacky souvenir sweatshirts for good.

The authorities finally caught up with our own tourist bandit, also known as Rex Lutton, 54, who was suspected of robbing banks in Venice and West Hollywood. (Those sweatshirts and the kinda touristy locations of his crimes earned him the moniker.)

Lutton was arrested Friday, after attempting to rob a customer inside a Bank of America in Hollywood at knifepoint. He fled the bank, but not before security guards caught up with him.

It turns out that he was not only a bank robber, but also a parolee wanted for escaping federal custody earlier this month, according to the FBI.

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That means Lutton will have to deal with state charges as well as federal charges, in connection with his bank robberies. Right now, he is being held at LAPD Hollywood Division.