Teller's Painting Helps Police Nab Scruffy Bank Robber

A bank robbery suspect whose striking face inspired a bank teller to paint a portrait of him has been arrested, police said Friday.

Kirby Dean Guyette, the 52-year-old suspected of robbing two banks in Orange County in recent weeks, was taken into custody Thursday by officers looking for a green van that witness described as the getaway vehicle, Santa Ana police Cpl. Jose Gonzalez said.

The alleged getaway driver, 52-year-old Jack Paine, was also arrested, Gonzalez said.

The men were being held in Orange County jail, each on $50,000 bail.

Authorities allege Guyette walked into a Washington Mutual branch in Foothill Ranch on Monday, slipping a note to a teller demanding money and warning that he was carrying a gun.

That night, teller Nick Wildermuth painted a portrait of the robber from memory. Authorities said the painting depicting a middle aged man with bushy eyebrows and a salt-and-pepper goatee shared similarities with surveillance video of the robber.

The suspect's unkempt appearance also earned him the moniker the "Hobo Bandit."

Gonzalez said Guyette was a transient. He also matched the description of a man who robbed a Bank of America branch in Santa Ana on Jan. 21, then attempted to rob the same branch several days later.

"The teller recognized him and said, 'you're not getting anything from us,"' Gonzalez said. "The suspect appeared confused, turned around, walked out and got in the same green van."