Updated: Pittsburg Man Arrested for Kidnapping and Robbery in Lafayette


On Tuesday at about 1:53 PM, Lafayette police officers were dispatched to a suspicious circumstance at the Chase Bank at 3492 Mt. Diablo Boulevard in Lafayette.

A customer apparently came into the bank and told staff that someone had threatened and beat him while he was at his home on Sweet Drive and told him to withdraw money from his bank account.

The suspect took a shotgun from the victim’s home and forced him into the suspect’s car. They then drove to the bank. The suspect waited in the vehicle while the victim went in and notified bank staff.

Officers arrived at the bank and detained the suspect at gunpoint. He is identified as 26-year-old Manuel Bustos. Police were still interviewing him Tuesday evening.

Bustos will later be booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on charges that include kidnapping, robbery, burglary, and stolen automobile.

Bustos of Pittsburg, was booked into jail on the following charges: kidnapping, robbery, making criminal threats, burglary, elder abuse, and stolen automobile.

Bustos is being held in lieu of $395,000 bail.