Pasadena Bank Robber Known as “Luger Bandit” Sentenced to Prison

Published : Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | 5:31 AM

A Pasadena man dubbed the “Luger Bandit” was sentenced Monday to 14 years in federal prison for a string of bank robberies in Southern California.

Ramsin Jonathan Malek, 35, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson to pay $85,000 in restitution and serve five years of supervised release after he serves his time.

Malek pointed a handgun at bank employees in each robbery and, at some of the heists, warned that he would shoot, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The robberies caused “lasting trauma that victims must live with for the rest of their lives,” prosecutors said in court documents.

Malek pleaded guilty to five armed bank robberies, including stickups in Riverside County at a Chase bank branch in Eastvale and a Bank of America branch, both in 2013 and a Wells Fargo location in Corona in 2014.

He also admitted robbing banks in Granada Hills and Chino, in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties and pleaded guilty to a federal count of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.


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