‘Powder Puff Bandit’ captured in Lakewood; man accused of being serial bank robber

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) — Police say the man dubbed the “Powder Puff Bandit” was captured in Lakewood and is being held in the Jefferson County jail.

Paul James Hernandez, 33, earned that nickname because he covers his facial tattoos with makeup.

Police say Hernandez is wanted for at least 10 bank robberies this year. He had previously spent nearly three years in prison for a bank robbery in Arvada in 2007.

He is accused in a string of bank robberies, including four in January.

According to court documents, Hernandez was arrested on Jan. 29. His bond was lowered to $75,000. He posted bond on June 13.

According to a bulletin released by the FBI’s Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, he and a female accomplice are accused of holding up banks on Aug. 25, Aug. 31, Sept. 3, Sept. 8 and Sept. 15. 

Hernandez also failed to show up for his court hearing in Arapahoe County on Sept. 10.

This is a list of the banks Hernandez is accused of robbing around metro Denver since August:

BBVA Compass Bank
4600 South Broadway
10/01/2020 at 2:59 p.m.

First Bank
3801 Federal Blvd.
09/21/20 at 11:40 a.m.

7372 West Chatfield Ave.
09/15/2020 at 2:46 p.m.

TCF Bank
7203 West 55th Ave.
09/08/20 at 4:30 p.m.

TCF Bank
2090 South University Blvd.
09/03/20 at 4:30 p.m.

TCF Bank
7206 Federal Blvd.
08/31/20, 4:30 p.m.

TCF Bank
2084 South Broadway
08/25/20 at 3:00 p.m.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers confirmed that a tip led to Hernandez’s arrest.

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