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Judge sticks Band-Aid Bandit with prison term

Judge sticks Band-Aid Bandit with prison term

Andrew Gonzalez

POSTED October 22, 2010 9:45 p.m.

The Merced man, who was dubbed the Band-Aid Bandit because of his propensity to wear a Band-Aid on his face during his robberies, will be spending the next couple of decades behind bars.

Andrew Gonzalez, 25, was sentenced Friday in Stanislaus County Superior Court to 28 years in prison for a spree of robberies he committed in 2008 at businesses up and down the Central Valley and into the Bay Area. In each robbery, Gonzalez was armed with a handgun and threatened the employees with violence if they did not comply with his demands for cash. No one was ever physically harmed during the robberies.

Gonzalez pled no contest in September to multiple felony charges of armed robbery.Gonzalez, who once gleefully proclaimed to television cameras that the Band-Aid Bandit had finally been caught, sat solemn faced as Judge Timothy Salter handed down his sentence.

Gonzalez was arrested by the Turlock Police Department on Oct. 30, 2008, in Merced County after a five-hour standoff with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactical team, and a six-block foot chase that ended with his capture.

Gonzalez was found guilty of robbing at least six businesses in Stanislaus County and is the prime suspect in more than a dozen robberies in Manteca, Lathrop, Tracy, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and San Jose. Gonzalez is still facing additional charges in those robberies.

After his arrest it was learned that Gonzalez sported the Band-Aid to cover up a mole under his left eye.

To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 6347-9141 ext. 2002.

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