Suspect may have robbed two banks |

Suspect may have robbed two banks

by Timothy Bowman

The man accused of robbing the Wells Fargo bank May 15 in the Round Hill Safeway is also a suspect in the Feb. 2 heist at El Dorado Savings Bank on Emerald Bay Road.

Johnathon David was indicted in federal court in Reno May 30 for the Round Hill robbery. If convicted he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

David led authorities on a high-speed chase from Stateline to South Lake Tahoe after the Round Hill robbery. The chase ended when David turned into a dead end and was cornered by authorities.

The license plates on David’s getaway car were registered to another vehicle.

“What happened was he altered the plates,” said Detective Donna Kingman of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. “He used some paint to make an eight appear as a three. He had altered the plate to help in his disguise.”

Similarities between the two robberies led authorities to believe the same person committed both crimes. In each case the robber presented a note to the teller indicating that he was armed and not alone. Authorities believe David was alone during the Round Hill robbery, but he may have carried an air gun.

“His physical description matched and his MO matched,” Kingman said. “There are some other things in the investigation that we are looking at. There is evidence that he acted alone at this point. We did recover, I believe it was, a pellet gun out of his vehicle.”

The investigation into the Round Hill robbery has been slowed because of uncertainties about the suspect.

“He’s got a number of aliases so we are still trying to make sure he is who he says he is,” said FBI Special Agent Daron W. Borst. “There was also some question about his age but we believe he was born in December from 1954 to 1956. We’re not sure. Everything is so sketchy about him.”

Authorities believe David worked in the computer business and recently moved from El Dorado County to Minden. During a search of David’s Minden residence, authorities located evidence of other illegal activity but could not discuss specific information because the investigation is pending, according to Kingman.

“This guy was just up to no good and he wasn’t going to stop there I think,” Kingman said.

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