Suspect in string of robberies pleads guilty

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The mustached bandit who held up a handful of banks in the metro area last year has pleaded guilty.

James Charles, 36, of Mollohan was caught last February after robbing the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union on Coors Northwest.

He pulled a gun on the teller and got to the parking lot where officers found him with $1,300 and a gun.

He was also suspected in four other Albuquerque-area bank robberies and wanted for violating probation for a 7-Eleven robbery in 2005.

He’s the same man who pleaded guilty to a kidnapping and rape in 1997.

Mollohan faces more than 30 years in prison for the robberies. A sentencing date has not been set.

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