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SAN DIEGO — A man who admitted his involvement in six bank heists – – including a failed holdup near University Towne Centre in which an accomplice was shot by a security guard — pleaded guilty Monday to a half-dozen robbery charges.

Robert Anthony Hodge faces a maximum 29 years in state prison when he is sentenced March 21 by Judge Peter Deddeh.

Hodge, 28, was charged with Laura Elshire and Casey Allen Wilson with holding up a Wells Fargo bank branch last June 11 near La Jolla Village Drive, during which Wilson was shot in the face and arm.

During that robbery, Wilson told the teller to hurry and repeated the demand before switching on an electric stun gun he was carrying, according to court testimony.

A security officer, Luis Apodaca, testified at an earlier hearing that he realized what was happening and told Elshire, who was wearing a blond wig, to lie down on the floor along with Wilson. Instead, the witness said, Wilson began striding quickly toward the guard, prompting him to fire two shots.

Wilson ran out of the building with wounds to his face and one of his arms and got into a waiting car, which sped off. The getaway vehicle was driven by Hodge.

Inside the bank, while the two male suspects fled, the security guard said he again ordered Elshire to surrender. She refused and tried to flee, but the guard hit her over the head, tackled her and took her into custody, Apodaca testified.

About 45 minutes later, Wilson was dropped off at a hospital for treatment. Hodge was captured in Mexico.

Elshire, 42, pleaded guilty in November to a robbery charge and also admitted possessing razor blades while in custody. She faces 33 years to life in prison, with sentencing set for Feb. 7, said Deputy District Attorney Chandelle Konstanzer.

Wilson, 28, pleaded guilty to charges stemming from two robberies and was sentenced to five years in prison.

San Diego police robbery Detective DeWayne Glazewski testified last year that Hodge, in an interview after his arrest, confessed to his involvement in the “Dum Dum” robbery series, so named because one of the robbers took a jar of “Dum Dum” lollipops during one of the holdups.

Hodge told the detective that he held up a US Bank branch in El Cajon on Oct. 26, 2012, and said Wilson was the getaway driver.

Hodge also told the detective that he teamed up again with Wilson to rob a US Bank in Santee on Nov. 21, 2012.

Glazewski said Hodge also confessed to robbing a Wells Fargo bank on Del Mar Heights Road on Jan. 3, 2013, and a Wells Fargo branch with Wilson near La Jolla Village last May 7, and additionally said he was joined by Wilson and another man in robbing a Wells Fargo bank in 4S Ranch last May 30.

SAN DIEGO – The third suspect in the botched Wells Fargo bank robbery shooting from early June has been arrested, officials announced Saturday.

Robert Hodge, 28, was arrested by Mexican police in Rosarito on Friday night, San Diego police Detective Gary Hassen said. He was transported to the U.S. – Mexico border where SDPD and U.S. Marshals were waiting to escort him to San Diego.

Robert Hodge

Robert Hodge

Two men and a woman attempted to rob a Wells Fargo on 8400 block of Genessee Avenue in University City just before 5 p.m. on June 11, police said.

Laura Joyce Elshire, 42, allegedly handed a demand note to a teller claiming to be armed with a gun, according to police. Casey Allen Wilson, 27, allegedly threatened the bank employee with a stun gun.

A bank security officer realized what was happening, identified himself and told Elshire, who was wearing a blond wig and carrying a blue bag, to lie down on the floor along with Wilson, police said. Instead, the male suspect turned and began striding quickly toward the guard, prompting him to fire two shots, according to the SDPD.

Wilson then ran out of the building with wounds to his face and one of his arms, and got into a waiting car, which sped off, police said. The getaway vehicle, a teal-colored 1999 Honda Civic, was allegedly driven by Hodge.

Inside the bank, while the two male suspects fled, the security guard again ordered Elshire to surrender. She allegedly refused and replied, “shoot me,” then tried to flee. The guard hit her over the head with the butt of his gun, tackled her and took her into custody, police said.

About 45 minutes later, the Civic pulled up in front of the hospital. Wilson got out, and the man behind the wheel drove off. Wilson was admitted to the trauma center.

Wilson and Hodge are believed involved in another robbery at the same Wells Fargo a month earlier, according to Deputy District Attorney Chandelle Konstanzer.

Hodge faces two charges of robbery, Hassen said.

SAN DIEGO — Robbery charges were filed Friday against a man who was shot during a failed bank heist in University City and a woman accused of being an accomplice.

Casey Allen Wilson, 27, is charged with two counts of robbery and an allegation that he threatened a bank employee with a stun gun. His arraignment took place Friday afternoon at Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Laura Joyce Elshire, a 42-year-old potential third-striker, appeared before Judge David Szumowski at the San Diego County Courthouse, where she pleaded not guilty to one robbery count and was ordered held on $100,000 bail, said Deputy District Attorney Dennis Panish.

Elshire Elshireallegedly handed a demand note to a teller inside a Wells Fargo Bank branch in the 8400 of Genesee Avenue shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday. In the written message, she and an accomplice claimed to be armed with a gun, according to San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer.

Wilson allegedly told the teller to hurry and repeated the demand before switching on an electric stun gun he was carrying, police said.

“It’s obviously a pretty sophisticated plan,” Panish said.

A bank security officer realized what was happening, identified himself and told Elshire, who was wearing a blond wig and carrying a blue bag, to lie down on the floor along with Wilson, police said. Instead, the male suspect turned and began striding quickly toward the guard, prompting him to fire two shots, according to the SDPD.

Wilson then ran out of the building with wounds to his face and one of his arms, and got into a waiting car, which sped off, police said. The getaway vehicle, a teal-colored 1999 Honda Civic, was allegedly driven by 28-year-old Robert Hodge, who remains at large.

Inside the bank, while the two male suspects fled, the security guard again ordered Elshire to surrender. She allegedly refused  and replied, “shoot me,” then tried to flee. The guard hit her over the head with the butt of his gun, tackled her and took her into custody, police said.

About 45 minutes later, the Civic pulled up in front of the hospital. Wilson got out, and the man behind the wheel drove off. Wilson was admitted to the trauma center and remains there under guard.

Deputy District Attorney Chandelle Konstanzer announced Friday that Wilson and Hodge are believed involved in another robbery at the same Wells Fargo a month earlier.

“On May 7th of this year,” said Konstanzer. “We believe the defendant went into the Wells Fargo Bank, cased it, left and then the co-defendant in this case, Mr. Hodge, went into the bank and robbed it.”

Elshire, who according to Panish was convicted in 1997 of attempted murder and robbery, was treated at a hospital for a minor head injury and booked into the Las Colinas women’s jail in Santee.

She faces up to five years in prison on the robbery count if convicted, but if a court finds her priors to be valid, she could be sentenced to up to 30 years to life, the prosecutor said.

Preliminary evidence suggested that the security guard’s responses to the attempted robbery broke no laws, according to Mayer.

Photos released by SDPD Thursday show Hodge to be white, with short brown hair and brown eyes. His neck is heavily tattooed. The pictures reflect that he occasionally wears a mustache.

Anyone with information about Hodge’s whereabouts was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Police advised anyone spotting Hodge to regard him as armed and dangerous, not to approach him, and to call 911.

SAN DIEGO — Police said Thursday that they know who drove the getaway car in a failed bank robbery earlier this week.

Police said they believe 28-year-old Robert Hodge drove the teal 1999 Honda Civic with license plate 7AIV590 used in an attempt to hold up a Wells Fargo bank in University City Tuesday evening.

Casey Allen Wilson, 27, was allegedly with a woman, identified as 42-year-old Laura Joyce Elshire, when he handed a bank teller a demand note, San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer said. The woman, who as wearing a blonde wig and carrying a blue bank bag, told the teller “hurry” twice before activating a stun gun, he said.

Robert Hodge“The security guard heard this and saw the bank was being robbed,” said Lt. Mayer. “Wilson came directly towards the security officer.”

The guard fired two rounds, one striking Wilson in the face and the other in the arm, police said. Wilson ran from the bank leaving a trail of blood.

“Wilson ran to the vehicle where Hodge was waiting and drove off,” said Lt. Mayer.

Wilson was driven to Sharp Memorial Hospital and left near the emergency room later that evening.

The security guard captured Elshire, who was being held at the Las Colinas Detention Facility in lieu of $105,000 bail. Wilson and Elshire are expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon.

Authorities continued searching for Hodge Thursday.  He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

“Do not approach.  Dial 911 if you see him,” said Lt. Mayer.  ‘You can also call 619-531-2000 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-580-8477.”

Police still have not indicated how much or if any money was stolen from the bank.

SAN DIEGO – Witnesses played a major role in a bank robbery investigation at a University City-area Wells Fargo Tuesday, according to police.

Investigators said around 5 p.m., a man and woman entered the bank on Genesee Avenue and Nobel Drive and presented a demand note. At some point, a bank security guard captured the woman and fired at least one shot, striking the man.

Capt. Brian Ahearn of San Diego Police Department Northern Division didn’t provide details about the shooting, but said the man initially escaped. Ahearn wells fargo robberysaid witness John Ellis played a key role in identifying the getaway car.

Ellis was driving when he saw a “suspicious” man running along Genesee Avenue.

“Heavyset guy with boots on, going for a jog,” said Ellis. “Didn’t look right. Thought maybe he was trying to catch a bus. And then he was wearing latex gloves and realized there was probably something going on, at which point I reached for my phone and called the 911 operator.”

Ellis said the man was also bleeding.

“Under his right eye,” said Ellis. “So there was blood streaming down his face.”

A trail of blood could be seen along the sidewalk outside the bank. Police said they were using that evidence, along with a hat that was left behind.

Later Tuesday evening, the injured suspect was dropped off at Sharp Memorial Hospital, but police said they’re still looking for the getaway driver. Ahearn said he is believed to be driving a light teal Honda with a paper license plate reading “VTEC.”

Investigators are sorting through witness statements to determine exactly how it all happened.

“It’s time for the detectives who are investigating the case to ask some more pointed questions and get the exact timelines and exact information from each person’s perspective on what they saw and heard,” said Ahearn.

Wells Fargo officials praised employees for their actions.

“They did an incredible job,” said Ernesto Arredondo, President for San Diego Wells Fargo. “They followed our policies and procedures. Don’t want to go too much into what they’re supposed to do but they did exactly everything textbook. Our customers are safe. Our team members are safe.”

Police said the female bank robber was also wounded, though they didn’t release details on her injuries or how they happened. She was taken to a local hospital.

Investigators haven’t said if the second suspect got away with any money.

SAN DIEGO – A search was underway Tuesday evening for one of the three University City-area bank robbery suspects, authorities said.bank-robbery-suspect

One suspect was possibly wounded in his chest or back at the Wells Fargo branch at Genesee Avenue and Nobel Drive around 5 p.m. and left the area in a blue or green Honda, possibly an Accord with a second suspect.

Authorities told Fox 5, the injured suspect made it to a local hospital and was being treated for his injuries.

Wells Fargo Bank RobberyA third suspect, a woman, was in custody and suffered a head wound, according to police.

San Diego police said a security guard fired a weapon twice.  It was unknown if anyone else was injured in the shooting.

No other details were immediately available.

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