Orange County Serial Bank Bandit Wanted Sentence Reduction For Tanning Salon Robbery

Gabriel Omar Martinez grew up with horrible parents, dropped out of high school, lived on the streets as a teenager and turned to drugs and alcohol.

In 2009, a tireless Martinez robbed seven Orange County banks in a three-month period while he was on parole from a tanning salon robbery conviction.

Martinez and his public defender argued the tanning salon crime and the armed bank robberies were part of one series of criminal activity and so punishment for the bank robberies should include a 33-month sentence reduction for time already served.

Assistant United States Attorney Mark P. Takla didn't buy that weak logic and stated that Martinez deserved a whopping 140-month prison trip.


This month, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford in Orange County agreed with Takla's recommendations.

The 29-year-old bandit must also pay nearly $57,000 in restitution for money taken during the robberies from Wachovia Bank in Santa Ana, Banco Popular in La Habra, Wells Fargo in Fullerton (twice), Pacific Mercantile Bank in La Habra and Chase Bank in Brea (twice).

Records at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons do not show where Martinez is being held.


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