Alleged Hillsboro bank robber accused of being FBI's 'froggy robber'
Federal investigators have filed charges against an alleged Hillsboro bank robber, believed to be the notorious "Froggy Bandit," who robbed a series of banks across the Portland area over a five month period.
Diego Sanchez-Lopez has been charged with five counts of bank robbery for a series of thefts, including one in Hillsboro earlier this year.
Investigators say Sanchez-Lopez walked into Wells Fargo, 7200 N.E. Butler St., in Hillsboro, on April 30. He allegedly pulled out a knife, jumped over the teller counter and yelled "all the money, all the money," according to federal prosecutors.
Court documents allege Sanchez-Lopez pointed the weapon at tellers as they filled the bag with cash. He then ran off with $33,357, investigators said.
The robber fled the bank on foot, but was chased by two customers, Josh Merritt and Jonathan Hodges, who were able to alert a passing police officer.
"Out of the corner of my eye I see this guy jump up onto the counter and I was, like, 'This is not right,'" Merritt told KOIN 6 News after the robbery. "I asked the teller, 'We're getting robbed right now, aren't we?' And then you hear the guy, 'Give me your money.'"
Hodges, who left the bank when the robbery began, called 9-1-1, then followed the robber from his minivan, he told news crews after the incident. He stopped the robber at the Cortland Village Apartments a few blocks away, where Sanchez-Lopez was arrested by Hillsboro Police.
Police recovered the cash and two knives from Sanchez-Lopez, police said.
FBI investigators have accused Sanchez-Lopez of being the so-called "Froggy Robber," a bank robber known for his tendency to leap over the bank teller counter to get cash.
In each of the incidents, the robber used a knife to threaten employees.
Between November 2017 and May 2018, Sanchez-Lopez is accused of stealing more than $87,000 from five banks across Multnomah, Washington, Columbia and Clackamas counties.
The robberies began Nov. 27, 2017, authorities said. Sanchez-Lopez is accused of entering Albina Community Bank, in Portland, where he assaulted a person and threatened people with a knife before fleeing with $9,710.
A month later, on Dec. 27, the FBI said Sanchez-Lopez went to Wells Fargo bank in Wilsonville, 8699 S.W. Main St., where he allegedly assaulted another person and stole $26,000.
On Jan. 11, 2018, authorities claim Sanchez-Lopez drove to Beaverton, where he allegedly stole $11,580.99 from another Wells Fargo, located at 6785 Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.
On Jan. 30, Sanchez-Lopez robbed a Scappoose bank, investigators said, stealing $6,720 from U.S. Bank, 52313 Columbia River Highway.
After the Hillsboro robbery, Sanchez-Lopez reportedly told investigators he needed the money "to pay for an attorney" and used super glue on his hands to hide his fingerprints, according to court documents.
The FBI offered a $30,000 reward for information leading to the robber's arrest.
The Froggy Robber was also accused of robbing a Columbia Bank in Canby in October 2017. Sanchez-Lopez is not charged in that case.
By Geoff Pursinger
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