A Pittsburg man who was once a welterweight boxing champion is set to be arraigned in federal court in Oakland next week on charges of robbing six East Bay banks between March and June. James Quindale Page, 42, dubbed by authorities as the “Button Down Bandit,” was indicted by a federal grand jury in Oakland on Thursday on six counts of bank robbery.
Each count carries a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if he is convicted. Page will be arraigned on June 27 before U.S. Magistrate Donna Ryu. He has been in custody since he was arrested in West Oakland on June 10 on suspicion of a May 29 robbery of $1,507 at a Bank of America branch in Oakley. At the time of his arrest, Page was on probation after serving more than 10 years in prison for a 2001 bank robbery in Georgia, according to court records.
Page was a professional boxer in the 1990s and held the World Boxing Association’s welterweight title from 1998 to 2000. He is accused in the indictment of robbing six banks in Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, Oakley, Emeryville, Antioch and Lafayette of a total of more than $17,000 between March 6 and June 8. The indictment replaces a June 11 federal criminal complaint in which Page was charged with one count of robbing the Bank of America in Oakley.
The FBI called the suspect in the six robberies the “Button Down Bandit” because the perpetrator wore long-sleeved, button-down collared shirts. FBI Agent Todd Dorman wrote in an affidavit accompanying the criminal complaint that witnesses at the May 29 robbery in Oakley said that the suspect had a tattoo on the front of his neck that was partly obscured by the button-down collar of his shirt.
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