FBI San Diego
Media Coordinator
(858) 320-1800 | SDPublicAffairs@fbi.gov
August 14, 2015

Arrest Made in Chili Pepper Bandit Investigation

The FBI and San Diego Police Department (SDPD) are announcing the arrest of Roy Lee Belcher, age 57, of San Diego. Belcher was arrested as a result of the investigation conducted into the robbery of the San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union at 320 B Street in San Diego, California, that occurred on Tuesday, August 11, 2015.

On Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at approximately 12:26 p.m., an unknown male (hereinafter referred to as the robber) entered the San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union located at 320 B Street in San Diego, California, and robbed one of the tellers.

At the time of the robbery, the robber entered the bank and walked up to the teller and made a verbal demand for money. The robber pointed a handgun at the teller that he held in his right hand and pointed the handgun at the teller throughout the robbery. After receiving a sum of money from the teller, the robber ran out of the bank. The robber was last seen traveling southbound on Third Street toward Broadway.

Following the robbery, a law enforcement bulletin was issued to local law enforcement agencies that included bank surveillance photographs and video. A news release was issue to local media outlets on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, concerning the robbery. As a result of the dissemination of this information, an SDPD officer made a preliminary identification of Belcher as the person in the bank surveillance photographs.

On Thursday, August 13, 2015, an SDPD officer observed Belcher in the vicinity of 16th and Broadway. Belcher was contacted by the officer and subsequently transported to SDPD Headquarters where Belcher was interviewed. Belcher was subsequently booked into the San Diego Central Jail on one count of robbery. Belcher is expected to have his arraignment in State Superior Court on Monday, August 17, 2015.

Anyone with information concerning this robbery is asked to contact the FBI at telephone number (858) 320-1800 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

An arrest and filing of charges is not proof of an individual’s guilt or innocence. The government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.