'Midnight Bandit,' accused of 60 armed robberies in Los Angeles, arrested in Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD - A man accused of dozens of armed robberies in Los Angeles was arrested in Bakersfield.

From April 2012, until June 2013, the suspect, Jermaine Shepherd, dubbed The Midnight / Plaid Shirt Bandit, committed nearly 60 armed robberies mostly of gas stations and fast food stores, according to Los Angeles Sheriff's Department spokesperson Lt. David Oliva in a statement.

In some of the cases, Shepherd would make the victim lie on the ground before fleeing, Oliva said.

Since a press conference seeking information on the suspect in June 2013, the robberies stopped.

With the cooperation of the several agencies and the public's help, they gained some clues to who the suspect may be. One of the clues was the unusual gait the suspect had when he walked.

Their investigation led them to Bakersfield.

On Feb. 11, detectives presented their case to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office where they filed five counts of Armed Robbery, two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and they obtained an arrest warrant for Shepherd.

On Feb 19, Major Crimes Bureau personnel responded to Bakersfield and with the assistance of Kern County Sheriff's Department arrested Shepherd. Search warrants were executed at three locations and evidence was recovered including shirts believed to be worn in the robberies.

After Sherpherd's arrest, a live line-up was conducted with witnesses and the District Attorney filed an additional 26 counts. The Defendant was arraigned and his bail is set at $2.4 million.

Shepherd's preliminary hearing is set for June 20, 2014, in Pomona Court.

Los Angeles Detective Lorenz and Cabral will seek an additional eight counts of Robbery which occurred in Orange County.

Detectives are asking the public's assistance if you have any additional information and are encouraged to call LASD Major Crimes Bureau at (562-946-7893), Detectives Lorenz or Cabral, or mcbtips@lasd.org . Anonymous calls are welcomed.

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