'Gilligan robber' to stand trial next June

A Redwood City man suspected of a string of Bay Area bank robberies, but ultimately arrested after the fatal stabbingof his wife in May, will stand trial for the crimes in San Mateo County Superior Court next June.

On the morning of May 21, Robert Lomas' wife Linda, 50, was found stabbed to death inside the couple's home on Huntington Avenue in the unincorporated North Fair Oaks area of Redwood City, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Lomas was arrested later that day and allegedly confessed to detectives that he was the man known by police as “the Gilligan Robber.”

Lomas is believed to be responsible for a series of bank robberies in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties beginning in 2002 and continuing through May of this year, all committed by a man concealing his face from video cameras with a floppy, fisherman-style hat.

Linda Lomas' murder took place just two weeks after Lomas was convicted and sentenced for misdemeanor domestic violence against his wife, the district attorney's office reported.

Following his arrest, Lomas was indicted by a grand jury and charged with one count of first-degree murder and seven counts of robbery.

Lomas has pleaded not guilty to all the charges and in court this morning, a judge scheduled a trial for June 23. Lomas remains in custody on a no-bail status.

If convicted of first-degree murder, the 51-year-old Lomas could face 33 years to life in prison, according to Deputy District Attorney Al Giannini.

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