November 13, 2014

Vista Man Arrested and Charged for Wells Fargo Bank Robbery

FBI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Eric S. Birnbaum, San Diego Police Department Chief Shelley Zimmerman, and San Diego Sheriff William Gore announce the arrest of Christopher Andrew Gibson, age 26, of Vista, California.

On November 10, 2014, FBI agents arrested Gibson in Vista, California without incident. Gibson is believed to be responsible for the October 7, 2014 bank robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank at 685 Saturn Boulevard in San Diego, California. The arrest followed the filing of a federal complaint by an FBI agent on November 7, 2014.

Gibson was arrested after the FBI Joint Bank Robbery Task Force, composed of FBI special agents and task force officers from San Diego Police Department and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, received an anonymous tip through San Diego Crime Stoppers. The anonymous tip assisted in the identification of Gibson as the individual allegedly responsible for the October 7, 2014 robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank.

According to the complaint Gibson was released from the George Bailey Detention Center on October 7, 2014. Gibson was provided his personal clothes, which included a shirt described as the one the robber wore during the robbery. Gibson also had a full beard and unkempt hair when he was released.

Gibson is charged with violating Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2113(a), bank robbery. On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Gibson appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, San Diego, California. Gibson remains in custody at the Bureau of Prisons, Metropolitan Correction Center. He is next scheduled to appear for a detention hearing on Friday, November 15, 2014.

To learn about and view more bank robberies, visit Anyone with information about any bank robbery is asked to call the FBI at (858) 320-1800 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 to leave an anonymous tip.

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.