Woman Accused of Holding Up Hillcrest Bank Denies Robbery Charge

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A woman accused of using a demand note to hold up a Hillcrest bank pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a robbery charge.

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Marta Cristina Aspeyita, 33, was ordered held on $75,000 bail.

Police and prosecutors allege Aspeyita walked into the Wells Fargo bank branch in the 1200 block of Cleveland Avenue around 5:25 p.m. last Thursday and handed a teller a demand note.

The teller felt threatened by the lengthy note, which made references to the ISIS terrorist organization, and gave the suspect $500, a prosecutor told Judge Jay Bloom.

A responding officer heard dispatchers describe the robber’s appearance and spotted a homeless woman close to the bank who matched that description, police said.

According to police, Aspeyita was stopped and later positively identified by the bank teller, and the cash was recovered.

A readiness conference was set for May 10 and a preliminary hearing for May 14.

City News Service

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