• ‘Central Coast Bandit’ Could Face Life in Prison on 3rd Strike

    Cristina Padilla, also known locally as “The Central Coast Bandit,” stands accused of robbing the Monterey Credit Union at 161 Fountain Avenue in Pacific Grove on New Year’s Eve 2011. If she is convicted of that charge, as well as 13 other charges she faces in San Luis Obispo County, she could be eligible for a “third strike,” making a life sentence a possibility.
    Cristina Fenandez Padilla
    Cristina Padilla
    She was previously convicted of first degree burglary in Monterey County in 2005 – the “first strike” for the 50-year-old Watsonville woman.
    Padilla waived her right to preliminary hearing in San Luis Obispo County and will be arraigned Jan. 27. She has pleaded not guilty to all 13 charges stemming from a failed robbery attempt in San Luis Obispo on Fri., Aug. 23, 2012 as well as alleged bank robberies that occurred between Feb. 14, 2012, and the August attempted robbery. Authorities believe she also committed robberies at the following institutions:
    2/14/13 – Pacific Western Bank, 7035 El Camino Real, Atascadero
    2/14/13 – Chase Bank 8055 El Camino Real, Atascadero
    6/27/13 – Coast Hills FCU 532 W Tefft St., Nipomo
    7/16/13 – Golden 1 FCU, 128 Niblick St., Paso Robles
    7/18/13 – Farmers Merchants Bank, 1700 McHenry Ave. Modesto
    8/14/13 – Pacific Western Bank, 831 Oak Park Blvd., Pismo Beach
    She also has been charged with felony evading an officer and assault with a deadly weapon connected to the pursuit she led police on prior to her arrest in the August incident.
    She remains in custody at County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. An accounting of her arrest and the Atascadero robbery can be found at http://www.cedarstreettimes.com/2013/08/26/central-coast-bandit-arrested/

    posted to Cedar Street Times on December 13, 2013

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log

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