ST. GEORGE – A California woman appeared in the federal district court in St. George Monday, pleading guilty to a string of bank robberies that began in California and ended when she was apprehended by law enforcement following a foiled attempt to flee the scene after robbing the US Bank on Bluff Street in St. George last year.
Sandeep Kaur, 24, of Union City, California, appeared before Magistrate Judge Robert T. Braithwaite and pleaded guilty to four felony charges of bank robberies that occurred during summer 2014.
Each bank robbery charge carries a potential 20-year prison sentence, federal prosecutor Paul D. Kohler said.
Two of the robberies occurred in California, with another occurring in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, at a Wells Fargo Bank. In each case, the suspect in the case, described as a woman, gave a bank teller a note demanding money with the accompanying threat of a bomb. Nicknamed the “Bombshell Bandit,” the FBI began looking for her after the first bank robbery in Valencia, California, committed June 6, 2014.
The suspect, later identified as Kaur, entered the US Bank at 791 S. Bluff St. in St. George on July 31, 2014, according to court records. Witnesses said she was wearing a dark hoodie, large dark sunglasses and a surgical mask and dark-colored pants at the time. She handed a teller a note demanding money on threat of being shot. The teller complied and Kaur left the scene.
Kaur proceeded to flee the scene in a Nissan sedan. The car’s description was relayed to police by witnesses and was subsequently located by a St. George Police officer traveling southbound on Interstate 15 near Exit 4.
A chase ensued and Kaur did not stop until mile post 92 on I-15 in Nevada. She refused to leave the car which resulted in an hour-long standoff that ended with the woman’s surrender. Kaur was taken into custody by the Mesquite, Nevada, Police Department.
Kaur is scheduled to be sentenced April 7.
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