Suspect in custody in Lake Tahoe robbery |

Suspect in custody in Lake Tahoe robbery

Staff Reports

South Lake Tahoe police released this sketch Thursday of a man suspected of robbing an El Dorado Savings Bank branch March 7. Provided to the Tribune.

Detectives have arrested a man who reportedly confessed to the March 7 robbery of El Dorado Savings Bank.

Police received information March 21 that the suspect was in Reno. South Lake Tahoe Police Department detective Nick Carlquist and the FBI contacted South Lake Tahoe resident Paul Cortez, 29, in Reno, where Cortez reportedly confessed to the robbery, including specific details of how the robbery occurred and how much money was taken, police said.

After interviewing Cortez, Carlquist returned to South Lake Tahoe and obtained an arrest warrant, according to the release. Cortez was later arrested by Reno police and booked into the Washoe County jail for the warrant. His transfer back to South Lake Tahoe/El Dorado County Jail was pending as of Friday evening.

Cortez’ arrest occurred the day after South Lake Tahoe police released an artist’s sketch of the robber.

“The suspect, who used a demand note and did not brandish a weapon, was described as a Caucasian male, about 22-28 years old, 5 feet, 11 inches, thin, wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt with the hood up,” investigators said.. “He wore a letterman-style jacket over the hoodie and had ski goggles on.”

The man is also described as having a birth mark or darkened area on the left side of his cheek. Police are investigating numerous leads in the case, according to the statement.