Man Charged in Federal Complaint with Robbing Banks
Subject Previously Dubbed the ‘Camry Cruizin’ Bandit’
SAN ANTONIO, TX—A federal criminal complaint filed July 24, 2018 charges a San Antonio man with robbing a north side bank July 23, 2018 in the afternoon, announced United States Attorney John F. Bash, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division, and Chief William McManus, San Antonio Police Department.
The complaint alleges Dennis Edward Stephen forcibly robbed a bank located in the 1100 block of North Loop 1604 West July 23, 2018 at approximately 3:30 p.m. The complaint further states the defendant entered the bank dressed in blue jeans, a long-sleeved shirt, and a white T-shirt. He had a T-shirt and a UTSA Roadrunners baseball cap covering his head and a surgical mask covering his face.
According to the complaint, the subject approached two tellers and demanded they give him money. The tellers then complied and gave the man an undisclosed amount of money. After receiving the cash, the complaint states the subject put it in a shopping bag, fled the bank, and drove west on Loop 1604. He was later stopped by San Antonio Police Department officers on Loop 1604 near Lockhill-Selma Road and was taken into custody.
According to the complaint, the subject has been identified in seven previous robberies due to his consistent style of dress and the unique manner in which he covers his head and face with a white T-shirt and surgical mask. Additionally, the complaint said, in all the incidents, the robber demanded money from the bottom drawers of the tellers. The defendant was previously dubbed the “Camry Cruizin’ Bandit” because he is alleged to have driven a Toyota Camry in previous bank robberies.
The defendant had an initial appearance July 24, 2018 in federal court in San Antonio before U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard B. Farrer. He remains in federal custody pending his detention hearing, which is set for Friday, July 27, 2018. Upon conviction of the charges, Stephen faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
This investigation is being conducted by the FBI and the San Antonio Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Wannarka is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
It is important to note that a criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.