Man arrested for Santa Fe bank robbery

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The Feds may have gotten the guy seen on surveillance video fighting with a woman and her daughter as he tried to hold up their Santa Fe store. Plus, police think it’s possible he’s made a habit out of these types of hold-ups.

The man Feds arrested was found with the clothes, the gun and the car matching the ones the women described, but he wasn’t taken in for the armed robbery. He’s the man the FBI believes is responsible for at least one Santa Fe bank robbery.

It was nearly two weeks ago when a mother and daughter were robbed at gunpoint at the store where they worked on Cerrillos Road. The robber didn’t make off with any cash but he did take the daughter’s peace of mind.

“It’s been very scary knowing you’re not safe,” she says.

Yet, the man responsible may be behind bars. The FBI arrested Michael Crespin for allegedly robbing the First National Bank of Santa Fe this week. Santa Fe police say it’s possible he may also be connected three other bank robberies in Santa Fe. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark sunglasses, black pants and white gloves, strikingly similar to the man who held up the mother and daughter at the Plaza De Centro America.

“The FBI came in here asking and they also watched the surveillance videos,” the daughter says.

In addition to bank robbery charges, the FBI’s criminal complaint also makes mention of the armed robbery on Cerrillos Road.

“The descriptions match,” she says.

He’s described as a man wearing “a blue hooded sweatshirt with sunglasses and a bandana covering his face.”

The complaint goes onto say that a search of Crespin’s house revealed “black and blue bandanas, gray and black hooded sweatshirts and an empty packaging for a toy gun.”

“It sounds like the same guy, it sounds like the same car, it sounds like the same tactics,” says the daughter.

They’re tactics that left this Plaza De Centro America employee living on edge, until now.

“That makes me a lot more relaxed knowing that they’re in jail,” she says.

There was also a woman named in the criminal complaint, Sonya Padilla. She’s accused of helping. The store clerk says Padilla is the woman who came in just moments before they were robbed.

Padilla is also charged with the bank robbery. The Feds say they recovered more than $13,000 from Crespin’s home. 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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