Central Coast Bandit pleads not guilty
August 29, 2013
A 50-year-old Watsonville woman suspected to be the Central Coast Bandit pleaded not guilty Wednesday to all of the charges she faces, despite telling KSBY that she was indeed the bank robber. [KSBY]
Cristina Fernandez Padilla faces nine counts of second degree robbery and burglary, two counts of attempted robbery and charges of felony evading of an officer and assault with a deadly weapon for a string of bank robberies that began on December 31, 2012.
Padilla told KSBY in a jailhouse interview Monday that she had robbed the Central Coast banks in order to buy food and clothing for her 11-year-old daughter.
On Wednesday, a San Luis Obispo judge raised Padilla’s bail from $290,000 to a $1 million because she is considered a flight risk.
Padilla has been in jail since August 23 when several San Luis Obispo County law enforcement agencies teamed up to chase her from the Golden 1 Credit Union in San Luis Obispo to Paso Robles, where she crashed her car.
She is believed to have robbed six California banks in three counties over the past 8 months.