The man who allegedly stabbed his wife to death and confessed to robbing more than a dozen banks since 2002 will appear in court today to face homicide charges.
Robert Lomas, 51, was arrested Monday night and held without bail status. He is accused of stabbing his wife, 50-year-old Linda Lomas, to death Monday morning at her 2830 Huntington Avenue home. He allegedly killed her nearly two months after being arrested for domestic violence charges against her.
After the arrest Monday night, Lomas told Redwood City police that he robbed 12 banks between 2002 and 2007, including recent robberies in which the suspect wore a fisherman’s hat, earning him the nickname the “Gilligan Robber,” according to Redwood City Det. Jeff Price.
“He said, for lack of a better reason, that he needed the money,” said Price, adding that Lomas estimated that he had stolen $15,000.
The first five “Gilligan” robberies took place in Redwood City, Union City, Sunnyvale and Mountain View in 2002 and 2003. The crimes stopped, but resumed this spring at a time when Lomas began having other problems with the law.
Lomas was arrested April 1 for a domestic violence incident against his wife, according to San Mateo County Sheriff’s Lt. Lisa Williams. It was just one week before his wife’s 50th birthday.
He was arraigned April 2 and pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor domestic violence charge, according to Elaine Tipton of the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. He returned May 9 for a pre-sentencing report, and was due to return today to prove that he had signed up for batterer-prevention classes.
While a judge initially ordered Robert Lamos to stay away from his wife, the “no-contact” restraining order was changed to a “no-harassment” order at the pre-sentencing hearing, according to Tipton.
Meanwhile, the “Gilligan” bank robberies returned. The first took place April 21 at the Washington Mutual Bank in San Carlos, followed by incidents April 28, May 4 and May 11 at banks in Redwood City, Mountain View and Newark, according to police.
Lomas is scheduled to be arraigned in San Mateo Superior Court today at 1:30 p.m. He may also answer to the bank-robbery charges at the same time, Wagstaffe said.
If convicted, he faces anywhere from 15 years to life in prison for the homicide, and five years for each bank robbery.
Staff Writer Brian Foley contributed to this report.