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Suspected 'Wrong Way Bandit' is charged in O.C. bank robberies

March 14, 2012 |  1:04 pm

Orange County prosecutors this week charged a man suspected of being the so-called Wrong Way Bandit with committing a series of bank robberies.

Jose Luis Arciga, 40, Santa Ana, faces three felony counts of attempted second-degree robbery and could be sentenced to more than 50 years in state prison if convicted. The charges were filed on Tuesday.

"There was some excellent police work done," Deputy Dist. Atty. John Maxfield said. "They really put the puzzle together."

Arciga is behind bars on $250,000 bail and is set to return to court next week for a pretrial hearing.

Prosecutors said he committed five robberies and one attempted robbery between August and December at banks in Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa and Tustin. He was arrested March 9.

The robber got his moniker because he apparently changed his mind on which way to exit after one of the heists.

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