Suspect Raymond Davenport in the Goleta bank

Raymond Davenport — accused of robbing several banks throughout the state, including one in Goleta — has entered into a plea deal that will land him behind bars for 13 years.

Davenport, 52, pleaded guilty on May 14 to robbing the Santa Barbara Bank and Trust in the 5000 block of Hollister Avenue in May 2011. Authorities said a man wearing a suit and what looked to be a yarmulke walked into the bank, approached a teller, and demanded money while making a reference to having a weapon. The man was given an unknown amount of cash before leaving on foot.

Raymond Davenport

Several witnesses reportedly picked Davenport out of a picture lineup, and his wife confirmed the man in the bank’s surveillance cameras was Davenport. His wife also told detectives she had recently received $3,000 from him, and, when asked if she knew why her husband was arrested, she apparently responded, “He probably robbed a bank.”

Davenport was arrested at his home five days later.

As part of the deal, Davenport also agreed to enter guilty pleas to a robbery in San Mateo County and two bank robberies in Santa Clara County. According to prosecutor Anthony Davis, Davenport’s maximum sentence would have been 19 years. The 13-year term covers all charges in all counties in this case.

As a matter of procedure, Davenport entered his plea in Santa Barbara, then was transported to Santa Clara. Once he is sentenced for the three Northern California robberies, he will be sent back down to Santa Barbara for sentencing, which is tentatively scheduled for June 4, Davis said.


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