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Daniel Allen Hodges Antioch man arrested for alleged bank robbery in Gilroy on New Year’s Eve

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An Antioch man has been arrested in connection with the New Year’s Eve robbery of a bank in Gilroy after anonymous tips from the public helped police identify him, police said. Daniel Allen Hodges, 38, was arrested last Thursday by San Leandro police in Alameda County, and was later extradited to Santa Clara County, Gilroy police Sgt. Pedro Espinoza said. At about 3:50 p.m. on Dec. 31, a man entered the Union Bank at 8000 Santa Teresa Blvd. in Gilroy and handed the teller a note demanding money, but did not show a weapon, Espinoza said.

The man then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, Espinoza said. Within days, Gilroy police received a couple of anonymous tips about the suspect’s identity, and then obtained a photo of Hodges, Espinoza said. On Jan. 7, police showed Union Bank employees who were present during the robbery a photo lineup that included the photo of Hodges, and they identified him as the suspect, Espinoza said.

San Leandro police arrested Hodges two days later, held him for extradition, and Gilroy police later had him booked into the Santa Clara County Mail Jail in San Jose, Espinoza said. Gilroy police believe that Hodges may have committed other robberies in Alameda County, according to Espinoza. The investigation into the Gilroy robbery is ongoing and police are urging anyone with information to call.

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