Darius Gilbert booking photo. (Courtesy photo)

Darius Gilbert booking photo. (Courtesy photo)

SF man sentenced to three decades in prison for bank robberies

A San Francisco man known as a the “Clean Cut Bandit” was sentenced this week to more than three decades in federal prison for his part in nine bank robberies, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Darius Gilbert, 49, was arrested in Los Angeles in 2015 and was indicted by a grand jury in June of that year. He was known as the “Clean Cut Bandit” because he wielded a knife during many of the robberies, according to news accounts from the time of his arrest.

He subsequently pleaded guilty to five counts of armed bank robbery, three counts of unarmed bank robbery, escape and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Gilbert must pay $148,000 in restitution, which is the amount of money he stole. He had already served a sentence for a previous bank robbery conviction when he escaped from a halfway house and began another bank robbery spree across Northern California.

In all, he robbed six banks in San Francisco as well as banks in Elk Grove, San Rafael and Antioch.

The robberies took place from March to June 2015 and involved verbally threatening tellers and brandishing a knife.

The prosecution of Gilbert emerged from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Untitled-1

Read more criminal justice news on the Crime Ink page in print. Follow us on Twitter: @sfcrimeinkbank robberClean Cut BanditCrimeFBIprisonSentencingU.S Attorney's office

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City College union deal staves off layoffs, class cuts

One year agreement allows community college time to improve its finances

A Homeless Outreach Team member speaks with homeless people along Jones Street in the Tenderloin on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Breed proposes another street outreach team to divert calls away from police

San Francisco would launch a new street outreach team to respond to… Continue reading

Chelsea Hung, who owns Washington Bakery and Restaurant in Chinatown with her mother, said the restaurant is only making about 30 percent of pre-pandemic revenues. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Chinatown’s slow recovery has business owners fearing for the future

Lack of outside visitors threatens to push neighborhood into ‘downward spiral’

A worker sets up irrigation lines to water almond tree rootstocks along Road 36 in Tulare, Calif. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Gov. Gavin Newsom extends drought emergency to 41 California counties

Faith E. Pinho Los Angeles Times In a stark indication of California’s… Continue reading

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new stimulus plan on Monday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner file photo)
More Californians would get new $600 stimulus checks from the state under Newsom plan

Sophia Bollag The Sacramento Bee Two-thirds of Californians would get an extra… Continue reading

Most Read