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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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