Bob McPhail 10 a.m., Oct. 17
Feds take over Chubby Bandit case
A man arrested on suspicion of a series of bank robberies in San Diego County will be prosecuted through the federal court system, an informed source said yesterday.
A person can be charged with robbery-of-a-bank-teller and that case will go through the State court system; if the crime is charged as bank-robbery the case goes through the Federal system.
Aaron Alan Hyman, 27, was suspected to be the “Chubby Bandit” pictured in banks’ surveillance video, according to statements released by FBI last weekend.
Five different banks and one CVS pharmacy were robbed, plus there was one attempted robbery, according to an FBI statement.
A local Sheriff’s deputy who studied photos that were released to local law enforcement recognized Aaron Alan Hyman, the FBI stated.
In January of this year, Aaron Alan Hyman was charged with being under the influence of heroin, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was released into a drug program. In paperwork Hyman listed his home address in the 1600 block of West Knapp Drive in Vista. But he “failed to comply” and did not attend “self help meetings” and was a “failure to appear” in court.
Hyman did appear in court three weeks ago, October 5; he was again referred into the drug treatment program.
The “Chubby Bandit” robbery series happened October 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, and 18, according to the FBI. The targeted banks and pharmacy were in Encinitas, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Rancho Bernardo and San Marcos.
Aaron Alan Hyman was not produced in a State courtroom yesterday, Wednesday, October 24. Nonetheless, a Superior Court judge sentenced him to 90 days custody for his admitted, prior heroin offense; this time can be served in any State or Federal institution, the judge said. As of this writing, Hyman is still in custody with the local Sheriff, on a “Federal Hold;” he is expected to be transferred into Federal custody shortly.