A Santa Rosa man suspected of being the "Hoodie Bandit" bank robber pleaded not guilty in Sonoma County Superior Court Wednesday morning to robbing three bank branches inside Sonoma County supermarkets in February.
Sebastian Miranda, 28, was accused of robbing the Chase Bank in the Raley's store at 1407 Fulton Road west of Santa Rosa around 10:10 a.m. on Feb. 1.
He also was suspected of robbing both the US Bank in the Safeway store on Commerce Boulevard in Rohnert Park and the US Bank in a Safeway on Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa on Feb. 14.
In all three cases, the robber wore a hooded sweatshirt, and the FBI referred to him as the "Hoodie Bandit."
Miranda was arrested May 28 in front of the Sonoma County Courthouse in Santa Rosa after he parked his van on Administration Drive, Santa Rosa police Sgt. David Linscomb said.
Detectives had seen Miranda driving near his home on Laughlin Road and followed him until patrol units arrived to assist in the arrest at the courthouse, Linscomb said.
Police began eyeing Miranda as the possible "Hoodie Bandit" after receiving a tip, Linscomb said.
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