May 13, 2015

El Paso Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Midland Bank

In Midland this afternoon, 28–year-old Fabian Barrios of El Paso, TX, faces up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to robbing a bank in Midland announced Acting United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge Douglas E. Lindquist, El Paso Division.

Appearing before United States Magistrate Judge David Counts, Barrios pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. By pleading guilty Barrios admitted that on February 10, 2015, he robbed the Citibank, located at 1100 Andrews Highway in Midland. According to court records, Barrios and his accomplice, Alan Montes, approached a teller, displayed a weapon and demanded money. The teller complied and handed the men an undisclosed amount of money.

Co-defendant Alan Montes, also of El Paso, pleaded guilty on April 14, 2015, to the bank robbery charge. Both defendants remain in custody pending sentencing scheduled for June 24, 2015, before United States District Judge Robert Junell in Midland.

This case resulted from a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Customs and Border Protection, the Texas Department of Public Safety in El Paso and the Midland Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Austin Berry on behalf of the Government.