Albuquerque man charged with bank robbery, aiding and abetting

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            ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Carl “Wizard” Gutierrez, 44, of Albuquerque, appeared in federal court on Aug. 5 for a detention hearing, charged with bank robbery and aiding and abetting. Gutierrez will remain in custody pending trial.

            According to a criminal complaint and other court records, on July 15, Gutierrez and an accomplice allegedly robbed the BBVA Bank on Candelaria Road NE in Albuquerque. Gutierrez and his accomplice allegedly entered the bank and approached the teller counter. The accomplice allegedly made his way behind the counter, opened cash drawers and grabbed money. The pair then allegedly fled the bank in a gold minivan.

            A complaint is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Gutierrez faces up to 25 years in prison

            The FBI Violent Crime Task Force investigated this case with assistance from the Albuquerque Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Niki Tapia-Brito is prosecuting the case.

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