Ramona man dubbed the ‘Skateboard Bandit’ admits to two bank robberies
By Neal Putnam
A young man who grew up in Ramona and is suspected of being the “Skateboard Bandit” who held up banks has pleaded guilty to robbing two banks.
Colter Stanley Johnson, 26, is free on $100,000 bond with the condition he live with his parents in Ramona. He will be sentenced July 29 in U.S. District Court in San Diego.
Court records say he faces a maximum term of 25 years in federal prison, but federal sentencing guidelines prohibit such a term to someone without a criminal record. The U.S. Attorney’s office has not submitted its recommended sentence, but it may seek a term of less than eight years.
The bank robbery series was dubbed the “Skateboard Bandit” series because the thief left on a skateboard, but he was seen getting into a vehicle registered to him in the last hold-up. Someone wrote down the license number.
Johnson pleaded guilty to committing two robberies. The third hold-up charge will be dismissed at sentencing.
Johnson admitted to committing the July 12, 2010, robbery at Comerica Bank, 3361 Rosecrans Street, in San Diego, in which $3,995 was taken. Johnson also pleaded guilty to robbing the Chase Bank at 12890 Poway Road in Poway on Sept. 2, 2010, in which $4,151 was stolen.
U.S. Magistrate Nita Stormes took Johnson’a guilty pleas on May 3 and modified his release conditions to include a 7:30 p.m. curfew. Johnson must be at home between 7:30 p.m. and 6 a.m., according to court records. His previous curfew was from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
After he was arrested Sept. 2, more than 75 favorable letters were sent to a judge to recommend he be released on bond. He graduated from Ramona High School in 2003 and worked at several businesses in Ramona.
The robber, who wore a dark hat and sunglasses, lifted his shirt to show a gun to a teller in the last hold-up.
Johnson had moved to Ocean Beach with a roommate when the robberies occurred and was arrested there by FBI agents and San Diego police.
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