Man accused of robbing 3 San Diego banks while using fake bombs pleads not guilty

Roberto Sepulveda held on $200K bail

SAN DIEGO - A man who allegedly threatened tellers with fake bombs during three San Diego-area bank robberies pleaded not guilty Thursday to six felony charges, including robbery and making a false bomb report.

Roberto Amado Sepulveda -- dubbed the alleged "Bank Bomb Bandit" -- was ordered held on $200,000 bail.

Deputy District Attorney Martin Doyle told Judge Laura Alksne that Sepulveda robbed a Chase bank branch in Imperial Beach on Nov. 17 after placing a fake bomb in front of a teller.

Next, Sepulveda allegedly robbed an AmericanWest bank in Point Loma on Nov. 21 after pulling out a fake bomb and fake gun, Doyle said.

Sepulveda, 24, also held up a Navy Federal Credit Union in southern San Diego on Monday, saying he had a bomb strapped to his chest and telling people "Merry Christmas" as he left, Doyle alleged.

Alksne scheduled a bail review for Dec. 26 and a preliminary hearing for Jan. 4.

Sepulveda faces seven years and eight months in prison if convicted, the prosecutor said.

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