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News - June 28, 2013

Former pro boxer indicted in string of bank robberies

'Button-down bandit' struck Pleasanton, 5 other communities

by Glenn Wohltmann

A former boxing champion has been indicted by a federal grand jury for robbing six banks, including a March 12 holdup at Wells Fargo on Hopyard Road in Pleasanton.

James Quindale Page, 42, of Pittsburg was indicted June 20 for taking $670 from that bank and five others in a four-month period.

Page, whom the FBI dubbed the button-down bandit, was indicted for a March 6 robbery at Case Bank in Walnut Creek, where $1,856 was taken; the March 12 Pleasanton holdup; and a May 29 robbery at Bank of America in Oakley, where $1,507 was taken.

He's also charged with three June robberies: a June 3 holdup at Chase Bank in Emeryville, where $7,033 was taken; a June 7 robbery at 3636 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, where $1,280 was taken; and a June 8 holdup at Wells Fargo in Lafayette, where $5,450 was taken.

The suspect in the Pleasanton holdup was described as a man with a Jamaican accent. He entered the bank at about 11:10 a.m. and presented a note stating he was robbing the bank and demanded cash, police said. No weapon was displayed and no one was injured.

Page, a boxer, turned pro in 1990 and was nicknamed "Mighty Quinn." He beat Andrei Pestriaev in 1998 to win the World Boxing Association Welterweight title. He retired after losing a bout to Andrew Lewis in 2001.

In December of that year, Page was arrested about 45 minutes after he robbed a Bank of America Branch in Atlanta when police said they saw his 1999 Cadillac -- which he bought with his championship earnings -- parked outside a bar four miles from the bank.

Page was still on probation after serving more than 10 years in the Atlanta robbery when he was arrested earlier this month for the Oakley holdup. The additional charges were filed June 20.

He'd also tried to rob another bank earlier that day, court records said, indicating he had robbed another Georgia bank a week earlier.

Page was arrested on the latest charges June 10, following an FBI investigation. He made his initial appearance in federal court in Oakland on June 13 and his next appearance was set for June 27.

He has been in custody since he was arrested on June 10 in the May 29 Bank of America robbery in Oakley.

The FBI called the suspect in the six robberies the "Button Down Bandit" because the perpetrator wore long-sleeved, button-down collared shirts. FBI Agent Todd Dorman wrote in an affidavit accompanying the criminal complaint that witnesses at the May 29 robbery in Oakley said that the suspect had a tattoo on the front of his neck that was partly obscured by the button-down collar of his shirt.

Page faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of robbery.


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