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Robber who leapt over bank counters, linked to six holdups sentenced to more than 8 years

A Washington man who leapt over bank counters and held up six banks at knifepoint in a five-month span was sentenced Monday to eight years and one month in federal prison.

Police dubbed Diego Sanchez-Lopez, 25, the “froggy robber,” for his unusual entry into banks in Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Wilsonville and Scappoose in Oregon and Vancouver.

He was ordered to pay more than $119,000 in restitution.

Sanchez-Lopez cornered victim tellers behind the counters and either pointed his knife at them, banged it against the counter or lunged toward the tellers, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney John Brassell.

Several of the tellers confronted were traumatized and have left the banking industry as a result, Brassell said.

His crimes included the Feb. 12, 2018, robbery of $15,400 from Wells Fargo Bank, 1800 Main St., Vancouver.

Sanchez-Lopez, who is not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, also will face deportation from the United States, according to federal prosecutors.


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