District attorney files charges against alleged robber | TahoeDailyTribune.com

District attorney files charges against alleged robber

Adam Jensen
Provided to the Tribune

The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against a man accused of robbing a South Shore bank in January.

On Monday, prosecutors filed two counts of second degree robbery against Michael Neal Johnson for allegedly holding up the Wells Fargo Bank inside the Raley’s Supermarket near Stateline on Jan. 30.

Johnson allegedly walked up to a teller at the branch and demanded money. After the teller placed money on the counter, Johnson grabbed an undisclosed amount and left the store, according to South Lake Tahoe police.

Sacramento police arrested Johnson at Arden Fair Mall Feb. 15 after he allegedly robbed River City Bank at 900 K Street.

Johnson faces two counts of robbery in Sacramento County Superior Court for that robbery, as well as a separate robbery of the same bank in January, according to court documents. The documents do not say who Johnson is represented by.

He is also suspected of robbing two banks in San Francisco, according to a statement from the Sacramento Police Department.

Johnson was convicted of robbery in Santa Clara County in 1980, according to the El Dorado County criminal complaint.

If convicted of two or more additional robberies, Johnson could face 25 years to life in state prison under California’s Three Strikes Law, said El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe.

The prosecutor said Johnson has confessed to the South Lake Tahoe robbery. Johnson’s next hearing on the Sacramento charges is scheduled for Monday.

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