Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Fingerprints the clincher

Wind blew wig off robber at Vista's BBVA Compass bank

Paul Ryan Owens. Judge ordered defendant's face not be shown.
Paul Ryan Owens. Judge ordered defendant's face not be shown.

A woman said she was working behind the counter at a bank in Vista, two years ago, when a man put a bag onto her countertop and said, “Give me all your money.” The bank teller testified at a preliminary hearing in San Diego’s North County Superior court on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

BBVA Compass Bank. Bank employees had walked past a man who appeared asleep inside his Toyota 4Runner in the bank’s lot.

The teller said she “froze,” and the man put one hand onto his hip and said, “Give me your money, I have a gun” and “You want to keep everyone safe.” The witness said she never saw a gun.

The man was disguised with a long-haired wig and dark sunglasses and a fedora hat, according to testimony. However, the teller said that after she stuffed $8,000 into the bag and the man left the bank, a sudden gust of wind blew off his hat and wig and she was able to get a good look at his face.

Earlier that same day, other bank employees had walked past a man who appeared asleep inside his Toyota 4Runner, after he backed his car into a spot in the bank’s lot, according to testimony.

In court this week, different bank employees identified defendant Paul Owens as the man who was first seen asleep in the parking lot, and then inside at the counter, robbing a teller.

Paul Ryan Owens, 39, denied he was the one who robbed the BBVA Compass bank on December 14, 2015.

The bank teller said the robber also showed her a handwritten note which said GIVE ME ALL YOUR MONEY, and then he quickly covered that note with a BBVA Compass magazine which he apparently had picked up in their lobby.

(Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentina is an international bank which owns BBVA Compass, an obscure collection of banks and insurance companies with branches here in the United States.)

San Diego County Sheriff’s detective Mark Paquette responded to the BBVA Compass bank located at 961 South Santa Fe Avenue in Vista. The detective said he was able to recover the magazine handled by the robber and send it to the Sheriff’s crime lab. One fingerprint was found and entered into AFIS, the Automated Fingerprint Identification System; a match popped up months later, in March 2016.

Remarks by attorneys indicated that the FBI was first going to handle prosecution of this case, as a bank robbery, but that changed.

Prosecutor Min Yoon charged Owens with one count of felony robbery. Moon alleged this is a three-strikes case, declaring that Owens has convictions in San Diego County since 1998, when he was 19 years old. Some of the alleged prior convictions include another robbery when he was 22 years old; plus grand theft, stolen vehicle, possession of meth for sale, making criminal threat, burglary, and stolen vehicle.

Owens is held without bail and is next due in San Diego’s North County Superior courthouse on August 15, 2018.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Morgan Freeman as an extraterrestrial diplomat

You know the aliens have seen The Shawshank Redemption
Next Article

North River Farms foes face lawsuit heat

If activists take Measure L off ballot, they would no longer face mounting legal fees
Paul Ryan Owens. Judge ordered defendant's face not be shown.
Paul Ryan Owens. Judge ordered defendant's face not be shown.

A woman said she was working behind the counter at a bank in Vista, two years ago, when a man put a bag onto her countertop and said, “Give me all your money.” The bank teller testified at a preliminary hearing in San Diego’s North County Superior court on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

BBVA Compass Bank. Bank employees had walked past a man who appeared asleep inside his Toyota 4Runner in the bank’s lot.

The teller said she “froze,” and the man put one hand onto his hip and said, “Give me your money, I have a gun” and “You want to keep everyone safe.” The witness said she never saw a gun.

The man was disguised with a long-haired wig and dark sunglasses and a fedora hat, according to testimony. However, the teller said that after she stuffed $8,000 into the bag and the man left the bank, a sudden gust of wind blew off his hat and wig and she was able to get a good look at his face.

Earlier that same day, other bank employees had walked past a man who appeared asleep inside his Toyota 4Runner, after he backed his car into a spot in the bank’s lot, according to testimony.

In court this week, different bank employees identified defendant Paul Owens as the man who was first seen asleep in the parking lot, and then inside at the counter, robbing a teller.

Paul Ryan Owens, 39, denied he was the one who robbed the BBVA Compass bank on December 14, 2015.

The bank teller said the robber also showed her a handwritten note which said GIVE ME ALL YOUR MONEY, and then he quickly covered that note with a BBVA Compass magazine which he apparently had picked up in their lobby.

(Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentina is an international bank which owns BBVA Compass, an obscure collection of banks and insurance companies with branches here in the United States.)

San Diego County Sheriff’s detective Mark Paquette responded to the BBVA Compass bank located at 961 South Santa Fe Avenue in Vista. The detective said he was able to recover the magazine handled by the robber and send it to the Sheriff’s crime lab. One fingerprint was found and entered into AFIS, the Automated Fingerprint Identification System; a match popped up months later, in March 2016.

Remarks by attorneys indicated that the FBI was first going to handle prosecution of this case, as a bank robbery, but that changed.

Prosecutor Min Yoon charged Owens with one count of felony robbery. Moon alleged this is a three-strikes case, declaring that Owens has convictions in San Diego County since 1998, when he was 19 years old. Some of the alleged prior convictions include another robbery when he was 22 years old; plus grand theft, stolen vehicle, possession of meth for sale, making criminal threat, burglary, and stolen vehicle.

Owens is held without bail and is next due in San Diego’s North County Superior courthouse on August 15, 2018.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Cop defunding advocate gets $10,000 in Tony Atkins campaign cash

Democrat's reelection committee awash in Sempra, union, and insurance money
Next Article

The Brigantine and The Embarcadero: A tale of two happy hours

This could be the best experience on the waterfront.
Comments
4

It's about 99.99% sure than when a bank robber says he has a gun, but doesn't show it, there is NO gun. The robbers know that armed robbery will get them a longer sentence, or they could get shot. Most of these crimes would go away if the tellers could say something like: "We are not allowed to hand over any money, unless you show the gun."

Aug. 2, 2018

Very amusing; I doubt that step will ever be part of the procedures for dealing with stickups. When we were kids, most banks had a customer lobby that was walled off from the interior of the bank, and the teller windows had bars on them. That all was done to make the operation more secure from robbery. But then modern thinking came along, and banks opened up their buildings and didn't have tellers physically separated from the public. Hence there have been more robberies since then.

In this narrative, one thing is missing. The banks and credit union branches now all seem to have a security guard, and wearing shades into the bank is a no-no. Does BBVA have security guards? The usual approach is for the guard to politely ask the patron to remove the shades, and in so doing he/she can get a good look at the customer. All that makes it unlikely that anyone in disguise will try a robbery. And when one does, the video cam gets a good image of the robber.

Aug. 3, 2018

Well, it wasn't meant to be amusing. I was serious. That is what I would do as a teller if the nervous nutjob druggie said: "I have a gun." Of course, I would be fired afterward for not following bank policy.

Aug. 3, 2018

Oh, and the def has some cool neck tats. All the better to identify him, I'm certain.

Aug. 3, 2018

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close