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Person of interest in Paso Robles bank robbery in custody for violation of parole

Posted at 4:51 PM, Dec 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-14 19:56:56-05

A person of interest in a Paso Robles bank robbery is in custody for violation of parole.

According to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office, 48-year-old Bill Benjamin Hernandez was booked at the county jail Friday, December 13th around 9 p.m.

He is charged with violating his parole. However, it is unclear what the violation was.

According to the Paso Robles Police Department, Hernandez is a person of interest in an armed bank robbery that occurred at the Pacific Premiere Bank during the morning hours of November 15th.

It happened at about 9:20 a.m. at Pacific Premier Bank when police said two men entered the bank on 12th street, pulled out guns and demanded money.

A bounty hunter tells KSBY Hernandez reached out to him and surrendered himself for violating his parole. The bounty hunter said he then took Hernandez to the SLO County Jail Friday night.

Paso Robles detectives have been searching for Hernandez and another man named William Weldon Chandler. Authorities tell KSBY they are planning to talk with Hernandez as a part of their investigation into the November robbery.

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