FBI San Diego
Special Agent Davene Butler
(858) 320-1800
October 12, 2017

Arizona Man Arrested and Charged with San Marcos Bank Robbery

Second Bank Robber in Custody within 3 weeks by Violent Crimes Task Force

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department (SDSD) are announcing the arrest and filing of federal bank robbery charges against Jarrell David Dent, age 27, of Mesa, Arizona. The charges filed against Dent are the result of an investigation conducted following the robbery of the Navy Federal Credit Union, located at 709 Center Drive, Suite 102, San Marcos, California, on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. According to the federal complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California (San Diego, California), Dent is charged with one count of bank robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, §2113(a).

According to the complaint, on October 11, 2017, at approximately 9:41 a.m., an individual entered the Navy Federal Credit Union wearing a black motorcycle helmet with a full, tinted, face visor; black gloves; a grey sweatshirt; and a black backpack. The robber brandished what appeared to be a black handgun and demanded money from three different tellers. According to the complaint, each teller provided cash which contained a tracking device. The robber located two of the tracking devices and discarded them after he exited the credit union.

The complaint further explains that San Diego Sheriff Deputies responding to the robbery located two discarded tracking devices and was able to determine the location of the third device as being in the vicinity of 638 Cedar Street, San Marcos, California. At this location, the deputies saw Dent exiting a white Chevrolet Malibu. As the San Diego Sheriff Deputies approached Dent, he immediately stopped and was taken into custody without incident.

The complaint also alleges that the Malibu, which was registered to Dent’s grandfather, was reported stolen in Arizona on October 10, 2017. Evidence recovered from the Malibu included a grey sweatshirt, black gloves, motorcycle helmet, a black backpack; loose U.S. currency; a tracking device; and a black “airsoft” handgun consistent with the description provided by the victim tellers as the gun displayed during the robbery. Following his arrest, Dent was booked into the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC). Dent is expected to have his initial appearance before a United States Magistrate Judge on Thursday, October 12, 2017. This case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Southern District of California.

Dent is the second suspect taken into custody within three weeks by the FBI and San Diego Sheriff’s Department as part of the San Diego FBI Violent Crimes Task Force. On October 5, 2017, bank robbery suspect Zachary Scott Rugely was taken into custody by the task force. According to the Probable Cause Statement filed in that case, Rugely attempted to rob the Bank of America located at 1730 University Drive, Vista, California on September 21, 2017. This subject was identified through joint investigation and leads generated by Sheriff’s Deputies from the Vista Station. Rugely is being prosecuted by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. See San Diego Superior Court Case Number CN378559.

These arrests demonstrate the strong collaborative law enforcement partnership the San Diego FBI, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, and our law enforcement partners have in responding to and solving these bank robbery cases. The San Diego FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, comprised of state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies, successfully bring resources together to make our community a safer place to live. An arrest itself is not evidence that the defendant(s) committed crimes charged. The defendant(s) are presumed innocent until the government meets its burden in court of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.