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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tucson Man Sentenced To 51 Months For Bank Robbery Spree

OAKLAND – Raymond David Lopez was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for a string of bank robberies he committed in May and June of 2012, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag.

Lopez pleaded guilty on April 3, 2013, to six counts of bank robbery. According to the plea agreement, Lopez admitted to robbing the following banks of the amounts, and on the dates, listed below by using verbal demands, a demand note, and intimidation:

  • $2,475 from a U.S. Bank branch in Pleasanton, California, on May 9, 2012
  • $2,606 from a U.S. Bank branch in Pleasant Hill, California, on May 13, 2012
  • $1,409 from a First Community Bank branch in Alameda, California, on May 26, 2012
  • $1,135 from a Bank of America branch in Lafayette, California, on May 29, 2012
  • $4,900 from a U.S. Bank branch in Alameda, California, on June 4, 2012
  • $756 from a U.S. Bank branch in Dublin, California, on June 12, 2012

Lopez also admitted to the following bank robberies outside of the Northern District of California, which he accomplished in similar fashion:

  • $7,214 from a River City Bank branch in Roseville, California, on April 26, 2012
  • $3,542 from another River City Bank branch on May 2, 2012
  • $4,000 from a Woodforest National Bank branch in Amarillo, Texas, on April 14, 2012

All stolen funds were insured by the FDIC.

Mr. Lopez, 30, of Tucson, Arizona, was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 30, 2012. He was charged in the Indictment with six counts of bank robbery in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(a).

The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton, U.S. District Court Judge, following a guilty plea to all six counts alleged in the Indictment. Judge Hamilton also sentenced the defendant to a three-year period of supervised release and ordered the defendant to pay a total of $28,037 in restitution to the victim banks. The defendant remained in custody and will immediately begin serving the sentence immediately.

Andrew S. Huang and Christina McCall are the Assistant U.S. Attorneys who prosecuted the case with the assistance of Vanessa Vargas. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in conjunction with the Dublin Police Department, Pleasanton Police Department, El Cerrito Police Department, Pleasant Hill Police Department, Alameda Police Department, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, and Roseville Police Department.

(Lopez Indictment )