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Oakland Man Indicted for Robbing Five Banks and Attempting to Rob Two Banks in the East Bay

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

OAKLAND, Calif. - A federal grand jury in Oakland indicted Amanuel Moreno today with five counts of bank robbery and two counts of attempted bank robbery, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag.

The superseding indictment alleges that Moreno, 20, of Oakland, robbed or attempted to rob the following banks:

Amount Stolen
6/29/2012 Bank of the West 24299 Southland Drive, Hayward $25
12/6/2012 Bank of the West  4900 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland $506
12/6/2012 Chase Bank 2270 Otis Drive, Alameda Attempt
12/13/2012 Wells Fargo Bank  950 South Holland Drive, Hayward $1,541
12/18/2012 Chase Bank 32101 Union Landing, Union City Attempt
12/18/2013 U.S. Bank 1585 East 14th Street, San Leandro $724
1/16/2013 Bank of the West 4900 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland $3,321

Moreno was arrested on January 25, 2013, by local law enforcement and remained in local custody pursuant to a probation violation. He was originally charged by criminal complaint on a single count of bank robbery on February 22, 2013, and he was indicted on that same count on July 11, 2013. Moreno made his initial appearance in federal court in Oakland on July 5, 2013, and he is currently in federal custody. His next scheduled appearance is at 2:00 p.m. on September 5, 2013, for a status hearing before U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers.

The maximum statutory penalty for each count of bank robbery and attempted bank robbery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113(a), is 20 years in prison. 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.

Brian C. Lewis is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Janice Pagsanjan. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Oakland Police Department, the Hayward Police Department, the Alameda Police Department, the Union City Police Department, and the San Leandro Police Department.

Please note, an indictment contains only allegations against an individual and, as with all defendants, Moreno must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


(Moreno Complaint )

(Moreno Superseding Indictment )

(Moreno Indictment )



Updated November 18, 2014

Press Release Number: 12/6/2012