A Pasadena man was named Friday in a seven-count indictment that charges him with committing a series of bank robberies culminating in an armed robbery in which he allegedly used a loaded shotgun.

Shownee Shon Smith, 41, was charged robbing a Wells Fargo Bank branch in East Pasadena on June 10 while armed with the shotgun.

The Pasadena Police Department responded to alarms and a 911 call from inside the Wells Fargo branch and arrested Smith immediately after he exited the bank, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The indictment alleges that Smith committed six bank robberies between May 15 and June 10. In addition to the Wells Fargo robbery, Smith is charged with robbing branches of US Bank in Burbank on May 15, Wells Fargo in South Pasadena on the same day, Chase Bank in East Pasadena on May 20, Chase in North Hollywood on May 27, and Citibank in Tarzana on the same day.

Prior to the Wells Fargo robbery on June 10, Smith had allegedly used notes to demand money from bank employees. He is additionally charged with brandishing a firearm during the June 10 robbery.

Smith, being held in federal custody without bond, is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on July 5 in Los Angeles federal court.

The five bank robbery charges in the indictment carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, and the armed bank robbery count carries a maximum of 25 years. If convicted of the count alleging brandishing of a firearm, Smith would face a mandatory seven-year sentence that would run consecutively to any other sentence imposed in the case.

–City News Service

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