When members of the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force dubbed a local bank robber the JV Bandit, they had no idea how appropriate the nickname would turn out to be. Trent Hix, the man now accused of being the crook in question, may be 38-years old, but he reportedly lives with his mom and doesn't drive, forcing him to walk to his stick-ups. Westword has been following this aging juvie's exploits since our December 1, 2008 post "The FBI names another bank robber." At the time, our own Jonathan Shikes noted that the bandit had earned his moniker "because he was wearing a varsity or letterman-style jacket during one of his robberies."
Although 2009 was apparently a quiet year for our suspect, the feds think he made up for it in 2010. Last July, we published, "JV Bandit robbing so many banks he may make varsity soon," which listed three alleged 2008 robberies plus a new one in Wheat Ridge -- the same community he's said to have targeted on August 11 and August 28.
Did he have a grudge against Wheat Ridge money lenders? Probably not, according to 7News, which notes that Hix "lived with his mom in walking distance of four neighborhood banks he's suspected of robbing."
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In the end, Hix was captured because a teller at a FirstBank on Wadsworth recognized him -- no surprise given that he's charged with robbing her back in July. And that's not to mention his decision to wear his letterman's jacket again.
Poor fashion choice or a cry for help? You be the judge. Here's a release about the arrest from the U.S. Attorney's Office:
WHEAT RIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND FBI ROCKY MOUNTAIN SAFE STREETS TASK FORCE ARREST ACCUSED BANK ROBBER KNOWN AS THE "JV BANDIT"
DENVER -- Trent Hix, age 38, of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, was arrested late yesterday by officers from the Wheat Ridge Police Department and agents and task force officers from the FBI's Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force. Hix made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Denver this afternoon, where he was advised of the charges pending against him. He is due back in court on January 24, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., for a detention hearing and preliminary hearing. Hix will remain in federal custody, being held without bond, pending a resolution of the detention hearing.
According to the Criminal Complaint, on the afternoon of July 13, 2010, someone robbed the First Bank located at 4350 North Wadsworth Boulevard in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The robber gave the teller a note demanding cash. He then quickly exited the building. The same robber was also believed to have been involved in numerous other Metro Denver bank robberies.
Wheat Ridge Police Officers and agents and task force officers from the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force recently circulated flyers throughout the Wheat Ridge community with the picture of the July 13, 2010 bank robber, calling him the "JV Bandit" because of the type of jacket the target wore during the robberies.
On January 18, 2011, Wheat Ridge Police and FBI Task Force officers received a call that the "JV Bandit" had entered the same First Bank located at 4350 North Wadsworth Boulevard, in Wheat Ridge. The same teller who was robbed on July 13, 2010, recognized the target from the previous bank robbery and from the law enforcement flyers. She went to the teller station the target was headed towards, activated the robbery alarm, and then greeted him. Just as he was greeted the bandit took a cell phone call, leaving the lobby of the bank. Thanks to a thorough description given by bank personnel to the police department, Wheat Ridge Police Officers were able to stop the suspect within blocks of the bank, who turned out to be Trent Hix. Further investigation revealed that Hix was responsible for the July 13, 2010 bank robbery, and that he would type his demand notes on his computer.
Hix is currently charged with one count of bank robbery. If convicted, he faces not more than 20 years in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and restitution. Agents and officers continue to investigate whether Hix was responsible for other area bank robberies.
This case was investigated by the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, with substantial support from the Wheat Ridge Police Department.
Hix is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Mydans.
A Criminal Complaint is a probable cause charging document. Anyone accused of committing a felony violation of federal law has a Constitutional right to be indicted by a federal grand jury.
The charges contained in the Complaint are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.