Just Out Of Prison, CA Man Robs Bank And Wait Until You Hear What Comes Next...

By Greg Moriarty | Friday, 14 June 2024 04:10 PM
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Eric Walter Gray, a 53-year-old Californian, has been indicted on federal charges following a bank robbery and a violent confrontation with law enforcement, according to The New York Post.

This incident occurred a day after his release from prison, where he had served a sentence for a previous robbery committed in 2022.

As reported by The New York Post, Gray allegedly stormed into a BMO branch on La Palma Ave on May 8, declaring he was armed and demanding cash. The bank teller complied, handing over the money which Gray promptly stashed in his pockets. FBI Special Agent Trevor Twitchell stated that Gray then forced the bank manager and two other employees into a storage room, holding them hostage for approximately an hour before releasing the two employees.

Following his surrender to the police, Gray was taken to the Anaheim Police Department. During a search, officers discovered that he had concealed "cash and narcotics in his rectal cavity," as stated by Twitchell. Suspecting more hidden contraband, the police transported Gray to a hospital for a CT scan. However, Gray resisted, attempting to escape and engaging in a physical altercation with the officers, resulting in multiple injuries to the law enforcement personnel.


Gray's criminal record is extensive, including grand theft auto, robbery, sexual battery, and narcotics-related offenses. His latest escapade came just a day after his release from the infamous San Quentin State Prison, where he had served a two-year sentence for a robbery committed in October 2022.


Initially, state authorities charged Gray with numerous counts related to the May robbery, including kidnapping to commit robbery, robbery, attempted robbery, resisting arrest, and escape by someone in custody with a use of force. However, these charges were dropped by the Orange County District Attorney earlier this month. Federal charges were swiftly filed in response.

Gray, currently held without bond, is scheduled for arraignment on June 24. His case serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing challenges in managing recidivism and ensuring public safety in the face of persistent criminal behavior.