Timothy McGlothin, accused Hoppin Hooded Bandit, gets busted

That didn't take long.

Yesterday, we told you about the search for Timothy McGlothin, who authorities (and members of a grand jury) believe was part of bank-robbery group dubbed the Hoppin Hooded Bandits, for the way they leapt over counters to collect their loot.

Well, McGlothin was subsequently grabbed at a Denver-area home with the aid of a SWAT team, and he's slated to make his first court appearance moments from now. Look below for the latest from the U.S. Justice Department:


DENVER -- The Denver Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Denver Police Department, and the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, announced that late yesterday they apprehended Timothy McGlothin, age 41, who is believed to be one of the "Hoppin Hooded Bandits." McGlothin was arrested at a Denver home without incident with substantial assistance from the Denver Metro SWAT. During a lawful search of residence after entry, agents and officers recovered a firearm from the home. Joshua Licona, an accomplice of McGlothin, was previously arrested and is currently in federal custody. McGlothin, and Licona, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on January 6, 2010. The FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force is investigating a pattern of bank robberies in which the robbers have been dubbed the "Hoppin' Hooded Bandits." McGlothin will appear in U.S. District Court in Denver this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. for an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe.

Both defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on the charge of armed bank robbery. The first count alleges that the two used a handgun to rob the Bank of Denver, located at 800 East 17th Avenue, in Denver. The second account alleges that the two used a hand gun during and in relation to a crime of violence, in furtherance of that crime, namely the armed bank robbery in count one.

If convicted of count one, armed bank robbers McGlothin and Licona face not more than 25 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine. If convicted of count two, using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, in furtherance of that crime, the defendants face not less than 7 years, not more than life imprisonment, mandatory consecutive to any other sentence imposed by the court. They also both face a fine of up to $250,000 for count two.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force. The task force includes the FBI, the Aurora Police Department, the Colorado State Patrol, the Denver Police Department, the Lakewood Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, and the Federal Protective Service.

The defendants are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dave Conner.

The charges are only allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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