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San Diego Woman Arrested for Attempted Robbery of Wells Fargo Bank Branch
Suspect Wore a Burqa During Attempted Robbery

FBI San Diego September 30, 2013
  • Darrell Foxworth (858) 320-8302

The FBI and National City Police Department are announcing the arrest of Elysia Maria Roiz, age 30, on bank robbery charges as a result of the investigation into the attempted robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank, 1199 Highland Avenue, National City, California, on Thursday, August 1, 2013.

On Thursday, August 1, 2013, at approximately 6:00 p.m., a woman dressed in a maroon-colored burka attempted to rob the Wells Fargo Bank branch located at 1199 Highland Avenue in National City, California. At the time of the robbery, the woman entered the bank and stood in the teller line until summoned by a teller. Upon arriving at the teller counter, the woman presented a demand note. The teller read a portion of the demand note and then alerted another bank employee to what was happening. The teller then took a position of concealment and did not provide the woman with any money. After waiting a few seconds, the woman walked out of the bank without any money. No injuries were reported during the attempted robbery.

Witnesses described the robber as a female, olive complexion, and wearing a maroon-colored burqa.

On Friday, September 27, 2013, Roiz was taken into custody in Tijuana, Mexico, by U.S. Marshals working with the Baja State Police located Roiz in Tijuana, Mexico. Roiz was subsequently transported to the San Ysidro Port of Entry, where she was turned over to the custody of a National City Police Department Detective and an FBI special agent who were investigating the attempted bank robbery. Roiz was transported to the National City Police Department, where she was interviewed by the detective and FBI special agent. At approximately 9:00 p.m., Roiz was booked into the Las Colinas Detention Facility at 9000 Cottonwood Avenue in Santee, California.

Roiz is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, in State Superior Court-County of San Diego.

Anyone with information concerning this robbery is asked to contact the FBI at telephone number (858) 320-1800 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 540-8477.

An arrest itself is not evidence that the defendant committed the crimes charged. The defendant is presumed innocent until the government meets its burden in court of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.