Feds cost two with robbing two San Francisco banks throughout the identical day

SAN FRANCISCO — A man and woman have been charged in federal court with robbing two San Francisco banks on the same day, court filings show.

Ashley Crowder, 40, and Anthony Fardella, 39, were indicted by a federal grand jury in February on conspiracy and bank robbery charges. The indictment was unsealed this week. According to court documents, both Crowder and Fardella have been released from federal custody while charges are pending.

The indictment alleges that on November 19, 2022, Crowder, Fardella and a third person, identified only as “Person 1,” robbed the Bank of America at 1640 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco by asking the teller a note that says ” :” This is no joke! Follow these instructions so no one gets hurt. Empty all the money in your two drawers. No ink bags, no marked bills. Put the money in the bag calmly Don’t tell anyone and don’t follow me or everyone is in danger (sic).”

The robbery netted them $1,100, authorities say. They then went to the East West Bank at 498 Clement Street and stole $1,500 in a similar bill, the indictment says.

The indictment alleges that Crowder and Fardella were arrested later that day after a police chase in the Tenderloin area. The indictment states that police forced her car to stop with spikes and then took her into custody.

Last November, the San Francisco Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against Crowder and Fardella, alleging that they robbed both banks and escaped police.

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