After 22 Years, Justice Found in Bank Robbery Killing

For more than two decades, the case of Monica Leech, the teller at the Western Financial Bank who was shot in the back of the head and killed during a 1997 bank robbery in Thousand Oaks, California, remained unsolved.

On Monday, however, 55-year-old San Bernardino resident Kevin Ray James, accused of being one of the two men involved in the robbery and murder of Monica, was arrested by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and FBI, bringing investigators one step closer to justice for the victim and her family.

Investigators worked hard to identify both suspects in the 1997 bank robbery, creating new DNA profiles by analyzing pieces of evidence, including DNA found on the handcuffs. The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office will provide more details in a news conference on Tuesday.

After more than two decades of searching, the arrest of Kevin Ray James marks a major breakthrough in the case of Monica Leech. While more details are yet to be revealed of the case with the arrest of James, a sense of justice is finally coming to the victim and her family.