Diego Sanchez-Lopez, also known as the "Froggy Robber," pleaded guilty Monday, Aug. 5, in federal court to six counts of bank robbery, including the April 2018 robbery of a bank in Hillsboro.
Sanchez-Lopez, 24, stole more than $87,000 between November 2017 and April 2018 from six banks in Oregon and Southwest Washington, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.
In each of the robberies, Sanchez-Lopez hopped over the bank teller counter and wielded a knife at bank employees, prompting law enforcement officials to coin him the "Froggy Robber."
The last in a string of "Froggy Robber" bank robberies took place April 30, 2018, at Wells Fargo, 7200 N.E. Butler St., in Hillsboro.
Prosecutors said Sanchez-Lopez walked into Wells Fargo, pulled out a knife, jumped over the teller counter, and yelled "all the money, all the money."
After he took $33,357, allegedly menacing employees with a knife as they filled a bag with cash for him, Sanchez-Lopez was followed by two bank customers, who alerted Hillsboro police.
Sanchez-Lopez was arrested at the Cortland Village Apartments, a few blocks away from the bank, later that day. Police recovered the cash and two knives from Sanchez-Lopez.
Prior to his April 30 bank robbery and arrest, between November 2017 and February 2018, Sanchez-Lopez stole more than $87,000 from five banks across Multnomah, Washington, Columbia and Clackamas counties, prosecutors said. He pleaded guilty in all six cases.
On Nov. 27, 2017, the "Froggy Robber" spree began when Sanchez-Lopez robbed Albina Community Bank in Portland, stealing $9,710.
Wells Fargo was Sanchez-Lopez's favored target, accounting for four of the five banks he robbed following the November 2017 stickup of Albina Community Bank.
In addition to the Hillsboro bank robbery in April, Sanchez-Lopez admitted to stealing $26,000 from a Wells Fargo location in Wilsonville on Dec. 27, 2017, then $11,580.99 from a Wells Fargo in Beaverton on Jan. 11, 2018, and then $15,400 at Wells Fargo in Vancouver, Washington, on Feb. 12, 2018.
He also pleaded guilty to robbing U.S. Bank in Scappoose on Jan. 30, 2018. In that case, he stole $6,720, and a subsequent manhunt caused nearby schools to be placed in lockdown.
Each bank robbery charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years' supervised release. Sentencing for Sanchez-Lopez is scheduled for Nov. 5 before U.S. District Court Judge Michael W. Mosman.
Sanchez-Lopez is a legal permanent resident of the United States, according to the Justice Department. However, because he is not a U.S. citizen, he could face deportation after pleading guilty to federal felony charges.
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