Skateboard Bandit Suspect Enters Plea

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Sep 8, 2010  |  Updated 9:34 AM PDT
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Suspect May Be "Skateboard Bandit:" Cops

San Diego police have arrested a suspected bank robber. Detectives are trying to determine if the man is the so-called "Skateboard Bandit" -- whose accused of robbing several banks in San Diego County.
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A man arrested last week in connection with a bank robbery in Poway could be the so-called "Skateboard Bandit."

FBI agents say Colter Stanley Johnson, 25, of San Diego was arrested on Cable Street in Ocean Beach Sept. 2 and faces charges in the Chase Bank on Poway Road earlier the same day.

According to our media partners at the North County Times, Johnson entered a plea of not guilty in federal court Tuesday.

In court documents, a witness reported seeing the Chase Bank robbery suspect ride a skateboard to a nearby alley, take a bandana off his face and climb into a white SUV. That witness wrote down the license plate which led detectives to Johnson's home, the paper reported.

The Skateboard Bandit is wanted in two robberies.

On Friday, July 23, a masked gunman was carrying his signature skateboard when he robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in Torrey Highlands, according to the FBI and police.

The suspect allegedly approached a teller, made a verbal demand for money, pulled up his shirt and displayed the handle of a handgun.

The bandit demanded that the teller place the money into a black backpack that he set on the counter.

Investigators say the robbery on 7875 Highland Village Place was caught on camera.

A man fitting the same description is also suspected of robbing the Comerica Bank at 3312 Rosecrans in the Midway Area on July 12.

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