Posted: Aug 26, 2013 4:15 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News
Updated: Aug 26, 2013 8:38 PM
Pacific Grove Police have identified the woman arrested Friday, who authorities believe is the Central Coast Bandit, as Cristina Fernandez Padilla, 50, of Watsonville.
She was arrested after a woman resembling the Central Coast Bandit was seen at a bank in San Luis Obispo. Police and the California Highway Patrol followed the woman's car until the chase ended in a crash in Paso Robles on Friday.
Padilla is currently in custody at the San Luis Obispo County Jail on $290,000 bail. Police say she was booked on charges for robberies committed in Atascadero, Nipomo, Paso Robles, and Pismo Beach, along with reckless driving and assault.
In addition, she is suspected of committing bank robberies in Pacific Grove and Modesto.
Pacific Grove Police say search warrants have been served on Padilla's home and vehicle in Watsonville, along with the rental car police say she drove on Friday.
Police say the investigation is continuing and authorities are deciding whether to handle the case locally or federally.
No San Luis Obispo County law enforcement agencies or the FBI are commenting on the case at this time.
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