PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The man dubbed the “Froggy Robber” admitted he robbed 6 banks in a series of heists that ended when 2 bank customers chased after him.
Diego Sanchez-Lopez stole more than $87,000 from banks in Oregon and Southwest Washington between November 2017 and April 2018. He earned the nickname “Froggy Robber” because he jumped over the bank teller counter and threatened bank employees with a knife in all 6 robberies.
It all came to an end on April 30, 2018. That day he stole $33,357 from the Wells Fargo Bank at 7200 NE Butler Street in Hillsboro.
But Josh Merritt and Jonathan Hodges, who just happened to be at the bank at the time Sanchez-Lopez robbed it, each decided to do something spontaneously. Merritt was inside and Hodges had just left. But Hodges got in his car and called 911.
And then they both chased after him.
Merritt told KOIN 6 News at that time he saw the Froggy Robber put the knife in his pocket, “and so I ran to the door and I didn’t know if he was getting away in a car. And I get to the door and I kind of look around and I see him take off, down towards the strip mall there. So I just, I was already in my workout clothes, I was all warmed up, I’d been to the gym.
“I thought, let’s get it on! So I took off after him.”
Hodges followed in his minivan and at one point jumped out of his van.
“Not very smart,” he told KOIN 6 News at that time. “Jumped out of my car and went up to him as he’s reversing and I grabbed onto him and pushed him out to where the police were. And I’m like, ‘He’s right here! Here he is!’ And then they screeched up and one police officer went with me and the other police officer went around and then we cornered him in a hallway. The guns out…
“…There was no resisting. He was caught and tired. And, uh, there you go.”
When he’s sentenced on November 9, Sanchez-Lopez faces up to 25 years in prison for each bank robbery, plus a $250,000 fine and 3 years of supervised release. He is a lawful resident of the US but not a citizen and as such will possibly be deported by US immigration authorities.