Sunnyside robber found guilty

YAKIMA - A Toppenish man accused of committing an armed robbery outside a Sunnyside bank has been found guilty.

Juan Luis Sanchez was found guilty March 6 in a Yakima courtroom for the Nov. 3, 2006 robbery.

Sanchez robbed a female at knife point in front of Bank of America in Sunnyside while she was making a night drop from the business she worked at. Sanchez made off with $11,000.

Sunnyside Police Detective John Chumley said through investigative work and eye witnesses, Sanchez was identified as a suspect.

He was arrested in California in August of 2007 and held on the robbery charge, plus two other charges of assault and residential burglary.

Sanchez will face trial for the burglary charge before he is sentenced in the robbery case. Standard sentencing range for someone with Sanchez's criminal history is between 53 and 70 months.


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