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‘Deposit Slip Bandit' Arrested in Series of Bank Robberies in San Diego and Chula Vista

Sened Beyene Michael, is suspected of robbing several banks since Nov. 2016

The suspect in a series of bank robberies in San Diego and Chula Vista, dubbed the "Deposit Slip Bandit," was arrested Tuesday, the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force confirmed.

Sened Beyene Michael, is suspected of robbing several banks since November 2016.

According to officials, he was dubbed the "Deposit Slip Bandit" because he wrote demand notes on deposit slips often writing that he had a gun, and handed the notes to the bank tellers.

Michael is suspected in the following robberies:

  • Nov. 28, 2016: Wells Fargo Bank on Garnet Avenue 
  • Jan. 3: US Bank on Federal Boulevard
  • Jan. 11: Well Fargo Bank on Scripps Ranch Boulevard
  • Feb. 15: Banner Bank, Rosecrans Street
  • Feb. 16: Banner Bank, F Street, Chula Vista

According to a complaint filed against Michael, an employee outside of Banner Bank recognized Michael as the suspect and ran inside to warn others. Michael then fled the scene.

On Feb. 22, Crime Stoppers received an anonymous tip that the suspect may be Haben Michael, brother of Sened Beyene Michael. But at the time the robberies occurred, Haben was serving a 26-year sentence.

The complaint also states that Sened had worked as a bank teller for the US Bank on Grand Avenue in 2015.

Sened was arrested on Tuesday on the 5800 block of Rosewell Street. 

According to the complaint, Sened denied involvement in the robberies when he was questioned by law enforcement.

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