Riley Holmes
Riley Holmes

HAYWARD -- A 20-year-old man arrested alongside his twin brother in connection with a March bank robbery in the city will spend less than a year in jail for the crime.

Riley Holmes, of Washington state, and his brother, Wyatt Holmes, were nabbed by Hayward police following the March 6 robbery at a U.S. Bank branch at 31045 Mission Blvd. Riley Holmes pleaded guilty to the charge April 3 at the Hayward Hall of Justice and on Wednesday was sentenced to nine months in jail to be followed by five years' probation.

In addition to jail and probation, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Stuart Hing ordered Holmes to stay away from the bank and forbid him to possess firearms or drugs among other restrictions.

The sentence, approved by the judge, was an agreement between prosecutors and Holmes Assistant Public Defender Richard Foxall. Holmes had faced a minimum of probation and up to five years in prison.

During the sentencing hearing, Foxall said his client was with his twin brother the day of the robbery and that his client took a "pretty dramatic fall" when he was young which may have been a result of his behavior that day, which he referred to as impulsive.

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


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

The teller complied and Holmes ran from the bank with about $739.

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.

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 about a mile away from the bank near Mission Boulevard 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."

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.