HAYWARD -- A 20-year-old man arrested alongside his twin brother last month in connection with a bank robbery in the city has pleaded guilty to a second-degree robbery charge, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Riley Holmes, of Washington state, and his brother, Wyatt Holmes, were nabbed by Hayward police shortly after the March 6 afternoon robbery at a busy U.S. Bank branch at 31045 Mission Blvd.

Riley Holmes pleaded not guilty to the charge on March 25, but changed his plea during a hearing at the Hayward Hall of Justice this month, said Eamon O'Connor, a spokesman for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

He is scheduled to be sentenced for the crime on May 1 and may face a minimum of probation up to five years in prison.

Riley Holmes
Riley Holmes

Police initially said they believed Wyatt Holmes was his brother's getaway driver, but prosecutors found insufficient evidence to charge him with a crime.

Police did a double-take when they arrested the twins after the 1:30 p.m. robbery. Witnesses said a male suspect -- later identified as Riley Holmes -- entered the bank, announced a robbery and pointed a gun at a female teller. Investigators later determined the weapon was a BB gun.

The teller complied with the demands and the suspect ran from the bank with at least $739 in cash, police said.

At the scene, witnesses gave police a description of the armed suspect and officers spotted Riley Holmes -- a brown-eyed brunette with shaggy hair -- near the intersection of Prestwick Avenue and St. Andrews Street.


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He told officers he was looking for his brother, who was driving a silver Honda Accord.

His brother, the brown-eyed, blonde-haired Wyatt Holmes, was stopped less than a mile away from the bank at Mission Boulevard and Garin Avenue and detained for questioning.

Police said he told officers that he and his brother were on a road trip, ran out of money and ended up panhandling in San Francisco.

According to a probable cause affidavit, police uncovered a large sum of money wrapped in a plastic bag and hidden in Riley Holmes' waistband.

Riley Holmes reportedly told officers his brother didn't know about the robbery. Court records also showed that he told police he was sorry and that "the gun was fake."

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