A Daly City man on trial for a March bank robbery in Redwood City pleaded no contest Tuesday to a felony robbery charge, prosecutors said today. Hugo Carranza, 66, entered the no contest plea on the second day of the trial at the start of jury selection, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Carranza was accused of the March 14 robbery of the Bank of America at 700 Jefferson Ave. Prosecutors said Carranza entered the bank just after 2 p.m. and told the teller, “Give me $5,000 in a box.” Prosecutors said Carranza simulated having a gun in his pocket.
The teller gave the money to Carranza and he left the bank, where police immediately arrested him. Prosecutors said Carranza was released from prison two days before the robbery. He had just served three years for an arson conviction. Carranza is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 1 for the bank robbery. He faces a maximum of four years in prison, prosecutors said.
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