Fullerton's Caught Red Handed Bank Bandit Faces Punishment
A homeless man, who robbed a Fullerton bank in March 2012 and literally got caught red handed, is scheduled to be punished today in Orange County's federal courthouse.
Give me all your money or I will continue to stare at you
Fullerton police officers caught Jason Eugene Archuleta just feet away from the front door of Opus Bank, but not just because the electrician with a history of mental issues didn't have a vehicle to aid his escape.
Moments after he left the bank with the loot, a red dye pack exploded on the currency and his hand.
The dye spoiled any possible mystery or manhunt for police detectives.
Federal probation officials have recommended a sentence of 30 months because they believe Archuleta made a death threat to the teller, but Assistant United States Attorney Jeannie M. Joseph has taken a different view.
According to Joseph, the unarmed robber--who'd been eating out of public trash cans--told the clerk, "Give me the money," placed his hand on his hip and then said, "I have a gun."
The veteran prosecutor contrasts those statements as less offensive than if the 48-year-old bandit had said, "Give me the money or I will kill you" or "Give me the money or I will shoot you" or had "drawn a hand across his throat in a slashing motion."
Given the circumstances, Joseph believes a sentence of 24 months is more appropriate.
The final decision rests with U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.
Update: On the afternoon of June 5, Judge Guilford sentenced the bank robber to a prison term of 24 months and ordered him to undergo supervised probation for three years upon his release back into society.