Skip to main content
Press Release

Bank Robber Sentenced to More Than Nine Years; Robbed Same Credit Union Twice

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


SAN DIEGO – Akil Saeed Daniels was sentenced in federal court to 110 months in prison for robbing credit unions in Poway and Chula Vista in 2022 - months after he was released from a long stint in prison for robbing the same Chula Vista credit union more than a decade earlier.

That twice-robbed credit union – California Coast on H Street in Chula Vista – was one of five financial institutions Daniels robbed in 2011. For that he was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison. Following his release in June 2022, he then robbed the same Chula Vista location of California Coast Credit Union only three months later, on September 27, 2022. He robbed the Mission Federal Credit Union the next day.

During the most recent robbery of California Coast, Daniels used a demand note. Coincidentally, the teller he robbed at that location in 2011 still works for the credit union. That teller was standing beside another teller when Daniels robbed that location again 11 years later.

When Daniels robbed the Mission Federal Credit Union in Poway, he used a demand note that read, “Hand me all the money, don’t make me get violent” or “Hand me all the money, I don’t want to get violent.”

Daniels was arrested on October 3, 2022, and was indicted for those robberies in November 2022. He was convicted by a federal jury following a two-day trial in January 2023.

“Employees who have been through a robbery are impacted for the rest of their lives,” said U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. “This defendant made the decision to terrorize the same people not once, but twice. And now, not once, but twice, he will pay for his crime with a lengthy prison term.” Grossman thanked the prosecution team and the FBI for their excellent work on this case.

“This is not the first time that Daniels has had to face the consequences for this type of crime,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Houtan Moshrefi. “May this 110-month sentence be a reminder of the severity of his actions. Violent crimes such as these in our community are intolerable. The FBI and our law enforcement partners are committed to holding those responsible who choose to rob banks as a means of income.”

This case is the result of the ongoing efforts of the Violent Crime and Human Trafficking (VCHT) Section. Formed in 2019, the VCHT is tasked with leading collaborations between federal and local law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of cases involving violent crimes, firearms and gang cases; sex trafficking and child exploitation; civil rights, and labor trafficking. The VCHT Section oversees the Southern District of California Coordinators for Project Safe Neighborhoods, Human Trafficking, and Project Safe Childhood. The VCHT Section also provides federal prosecutors to the San Diego Violent Crimes Task Force, the downtown San Diego Violent Crimes Task Force-Gang Group, the North County Gang Task Force, and the East County Gang Task Force.

This case is also part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

DEFENDANT                                               Case Number 22cr2505-LL                              

Akil Saeed Daniels                                         Age: 41                                   San Diego, CA


Bank Robbery – Title 18, U.S.C., Section 2113(a)

Maximum penalty:  Twenty years in prison

Bank Robbery – Title 18, U.S.C., Section 2113(a)

Maximum penalty:  Twenty years in prison


Federal Bureau of Investigation – Violent Crimes Task Force


Assistant U. S. Attorneys Connie Wu and Zachary Howe (619) 546-8592    

Updated May 2, 2023

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: CAS23-0502-Daniels