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Suspect In ‘All Ears’ Bandit Heists Pleads Not Guilty

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A 25-year-old man pleaded not guilty Thursday to being the so-called “All Ears” bandit.

Stepan Dovlatyan was arrested without incident Monday at his Los Angeles home, said Steven Martinez, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office.

The defendant was allowed to post $20,000 bond, Martinez said.

Dovlatyan was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 22 on one count of bank robbery and two counts of attempted bank robbery.

The robbery took place March 12 in Bell Gardens, while the attempted robberies occurred March 14 in Carson and March 19 in Echo Park, Martinez said.

The defendant was allegedly identified based on evidence left at one of the three banks, Martinez said.

The robber was dubbed the “All Ears Bandit” by the FBI based on witness accounts describing the suspect as having prominent ears.

Trial was set for Sept. 27 before U.S. District Judge Margaret M. Morrow.

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