Cross-dressing suspect arrested, charged in Friendswood bank robbery

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by Chris Paschenko/ The Daily News

khou.com

Posted on January 5, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 5 at 10:42 AM

FRIENDSWOOD, Texas — DNA led investigators past a wig and a pair fishnet shorts to a Michigan man suspected of robbing a bank, authorities said Tuesday.

Jeffery Larente, 36, of Midland, Mich., was charged with aggravated robbery in connection with a March 18 robbery at Wells Fargo Bank, 3141 FM 528 in Friendswood, police said in a statement.

Larente was held without bond on the Friendswood charge and also on an unrelated felony charge on an accusation of failure to pay child support, Rick Speich, a shift leader at the Midland County jail, said.

Friendswood Police Chief Robert Wieners told The Daily News in March the cross-dressing suspect carried a silver, small-caliber pistol. The suspect stuffed cash in a bag and left in a car driven by another man.

Authorities gathered DNA evidence and matched it to Larente through a nationwide law enforcement database, Karen Peterson, a Friendswood police spokeswoman, said. Peterson didn’t comment on the type of evidence that was matched.

Among his conversations with Midland authorities, Larente told detectives he’d worked as a roof repairman in Texas, but lost his job, Peterson said.

In July 2010, Friendswood police learned the suspect’s identity.

"Over the last several months, Friendswood police worked with Michigan authorities to locate Larente and also obtain DNA for confirmatory testing," Peterson said.

No injuries were reported from the bank robbery.

Police still are searching for the driver, Peterson said.

This story was brought to you thanks to khou.com’s partnership with The Galveston County Daily News.

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