Alleged ‘Construction Worker Robber’ faces third strike 

Prosecutors want this tough-as-nails woman locked up for life.

A Fremont woman accused of robbing more than a half-dozen Bay Area banks while dressed as a construction worker — and then beating up a corrections officer after being locked up in 2010 — is set to face a jury today.

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And the stakes are high for 48-year-old Lynette Broussard, as prosecutors seek a life prison sentence for the woman known by police as the “Construction Worker Robber.”

Broussard is a candidate for California’s three-strikes law, which means she faces 25 years to life in prison, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Broussard allegedly wore a construction hard hat and orange reflective vest while robbing at least seven banks in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties since 2008, authorities said.

Looking like she was taking a break from a grueling day at the job site, Broussard passed bank tellers notes demanding cash, police said. She threatened to have a gun, but one was never seen.

She was arrested Aug. 31 in the Hunters Point neighborhood without incident. Sixty cops from three counties collaborated to track down Broussard, police said. She was identified via surveillance video from some of the banks, they said.

Prosecutors believe they have enough evidence to convict Broussard of three bank heists during the summer of 2010 at U.S. Bank branches in Belmont, Daly City and Millbrae.

Authorities believe she also hit banks in San Jose and Newark that summer. Two years before that, she was connected to similar heists in Belmont and Burlingame.

The hard-hatted alleged thief got into more trouble after her arrest. While in jail, Wagstaffe said, she viciously attacked a corrections officer, punching and scratching her, after sounding an alarm in her cell. A second officer intervened to subdue Broussard, Wagstaffe said. The officer suffered multiple cuts and bruising from the “unprovoked attack,” he said.

Broussard has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against her. Her attorney did not return a call for comment.
Broussard remains in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail, Wagstaffe said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

Correction: Original version stated Broussard was charged with more than a dozen bank robberies. Has been corrected to state she has been accused of more than a half-dozen bank robberies.

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