- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A South Texas man blamed for three bank robberies this year has pleaded guilty to one holdup in which he fled on a bicycle.

A federal judge in Corpus Christi on Tuesday accepted the plea from 35-year-old Robert Perez Jr. of Corpus Christi.

Perez pleaded guilty to bank robbery by force or violence in the Jan. 8 robbery of Kleberg Bank in Corpus Christi. Prosecutors say the bicycle that Perez used as his getaway method was purchased with his own credit card at a pawn shop.

Prosecutors allege Perez was also responsible for holdups at other Corpus Christi banks in April and in May. He was arrested May 9 following a search of his residence.

Perez faces up to 20 years in prison. No sentencing date was immediately set.

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