The woman known as the “blond bandit,” for her alleged role in a series of bank robberies and carjackings, has pleaded not guilty. Her jury trial is scheduled to begin on May 22.
Federal prosecutors have charged the woman, from Manassas, Virginia, with six federal counts — three on bank robbery charges and another three for transporting a stolen vehicle.
The 26-year-old woman is alleged to have committed the bank robberies in Fairfax and Prince William counties, as well as a carjacking at the upscale Tysons Corner shopping area, located less than 10 miles from Fairfax.
Police said the woman committed her first crime when she robbed a bank near Manassas in mid-November. In that instance, she allegedly told a teller she had a gun and wanted money. Documents presented in court claim she walked away with more than $1,300 that day, although it’s unknown if law enforcement found the money in her possession.
The following day, she is alleged to have told a shopper in a parking lot in the Tysons Corner area that her car was out of gas. After the pair got in the shopper’s car, the woman allegedly told the driver to stop in a parking lot. When the driver saw that the woman had a knife, she quickly exited the car as the woman drove off with the vehicle, according to court documents.
A few days later, the woman allegedly passed a note to a teller at a Springfield, Virginia, bank, demanding money. In that case, police say she took more than $1,800.
Later in that week, Maryland police found the car that the woman allegedly stole at Tysons Corner. Police said they found a note inside the car that was a demand for cash similar to what was presented to the bank teller.
The woman could face serious consequences if she is convicted, and a federal prison sentence usually does not allow for the possibility of parole.
Source: Inside NoVA, “‘Blond bandit’ pleads not guilty to federal charges,” Amanda Stewart, Feb. 24, 2012