The Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, profiled in this Westword feature, has had plenty of bank robberies to investigate of late. But at least three of the most memorable jobs, committed on December 2, December 9 and December 15, may have been the work of the same criminals, dubbed the Hopping Hooded Bandits, due to their proclivity for jumping over counters to collect their booty.
Now, the FBI is pulling back those hoods (and dropping a "g") to reveal the identities of the men suspected of being Hoppin Hooded Bandits: Joshua Licona, who's in custody, and Timothy McGlothin, still at large. A grand jury indicted the pair last month -- but the bank they're accused of knocking over is different from those mentioned in the blogs linked above; it's the Bank of Denver, at 800 East 17th Avenue. Could more charges be pending? Hard to tell -- but look below to see the latest U.S. Justice Department release, as well as photos from an earlier heist.
FBI SEARCHING FOR DANGEROUS ARMED BANK ROBBER
DENVER -- The Denver Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, are searching for Timothy McGlothin, age 41, who is believed to be one of the "Hoppin Hooded Bandits." McGlothin, and his accomplice, Joshua Licona, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on January 6, 2010. McGlothin is a fugitive from justice, and remains at large, and Licona was arrested and is currently in federal custody.
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." As this is an ongoing investigations, agents and officers need the public's help in locating Timothy McGlothin. McGlothin is at 41 year old, black male, 5'7", 150 pounds, black hair, and brown eyes.
This matter remains an ongoing investigation. Agents and offices are seeking the public's assistance in locating McGlothin, who should be considered armed and dangerous. If anyone has information pertaining to McGlothin, please contact law enforcement immediately. A monetary award is possible if anyone has information pertaining to the ""Hoppin' Hooded Bandits," which leads to their arrest and conviction. Tips pertaining to metro area bank robberies can be called into the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at 303-629-7171.
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 robberies 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 opposed 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.
Any questions regarding the charges or subsequent prosecution should be directed to Jeff Dorschner, with the United States Attorney's Office, District of Colorado, at 303-454-0243.
An questions pertaining to the fugitive Timothy McGlothin should be directed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Denver Division Media Coordinator Dave S. Joly, at 303-629-7171.
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