“WRONG WAY BANDIT” CHARGED AND ARRAIGNED FOR COMMITTING ROBBERIES IN FIVE ORANGE COUNTY BANKS

For Immediate Release
Case # 12WF0580

March 14, 2012

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
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Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
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“WRONG WAY BANDIT” CHARGED AND ARRAIGNED FOR COMMITTING ROBBERIES IN FIVE ORANGE COUNTY BANKS

 

WESTMINSTER – A man dubbed the “Wrong Way Bandit” has been charged and arraigned for committing robberies in five Orange County banks. Jose Luis Arciga, 40, Santa Ana, was charged yesterday, March 13, 2012, with seven felony counts of second degree robbery, three felony counts of attempted second degree robbery, and sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a firearm. He faces a maximum sentence of 52 years and 10 months in state prison if convicted. Arciga is being held on $250,000 bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing, March 20, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-15, West Justice Center, Westminster.

 

Between Aug. 18, 2011, and Dec. 30, 2011, Arciga is accused of committing robberies in five banks against seven tellers in Orange County and attempting a robbery in a sixth bank. The robberies and attempted robbery occurred at five different locations. The bank chains included Bank of the West in Garden Grove, Centennial Bank in Fountain Valley, First Bank and Trust in Costa Mesa, Nuvision Federal Credit Union in Costa Mesa, and U.S. Bank in Tustin.

 

In each of the cases the defendant is accused of carrying out similar acts: the defendant is accused of entering the banks armed with what appeared to be a firearm and threatening one or more tellers by demanding money using a weapon, making the teller fear for their life. After robbing the bank tellers, Arciga is accused of fleeing the scene.

 

The Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove and Tustin Police Departments investigated the case and on March 9, 2012, Garden Grove police arrested Arciga after reviewing surveillance videotape and photos taken during the robberies.

 

Deputy District Attorney John Maxfield is prosecuting this case.

 

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