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Napa County Resident Indicted On Eight Counts Of Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California

SAN FRANCISCO – Yesterday a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Joshua James Metoxen, charging him with eight counts of bank robbery, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson.

Metoxen is alleged to have committed a string of bank robberies in early 2013 throughout Northern California. According to the indictment, Metoxen, 25, of American Canyon, is alleged to have robbed the following banks of the amounts, and on the dates, listed below by using verbal demands, a demand note, and intimidation:

  • $2,108 from a U.S. Bank branch in San Ramon, Calif., on Feb. 23, 2013
  • $4,106 from a West America branch in Middletown, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2013
  • $1,350 from a U.S. Bank branch in Milpitas, Calif., on March 5, 2013
  • $4,295 from a Tri-Counties Bank branch in Middletown, Calif., on March 7, 2013
  • $1,479 from a U.S. Bank branch in Pleasant Hill, Calif., on March 18, 2013
  • $1,133 from a U.S. Bank branch in Milpitas, Calif., on March 20, 2013
  • $1,000 from a U.S. Bank branch in Castro Valley, Calif., on March 21, 2013
  • $1,780 from a U.S. Bank branch in Santa Rosa, Calif., on March 26, 2013

Metoxen was arrested and made his initial appearance in federal court in Oakland on Aug. 15, 2014. Metoxen is currently detained on these charges. Metoxen’s next scheduled appearance is at 2:00 on Sept. 4, 2014, for a status conference before the Honorable Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, United States District Court Judge in Oakland.

The maximum statutory penalty for each count of bank robbery, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 2113(a), is 20 years and a fine of $250,000, three years of supervised release plus forfeiture and restitution. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

Christina McCall is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Vanessa Quant. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Novato Police Department, San Ramon Police Department, Milpitas Police Department, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Pleasant Hill Police Department, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Livermore Police Department and Santa Rosa Police Department.

Please note, an indictment contains only allegations, as with all defendants, Joshua James Metoxen must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

(Metoxen complaint )

(Metoxen indictment )



Updated November 18, 2014