'Goat-Man' bandit pleads guilty to serial bank robbery

Three of those bank robberies occurred in Roseville
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A Sacramento man pleaded guilty Friday to serial bank robbery, including two incidents that occurred in Roseville. John Raymond Porter, 43, pleaded guilty to four bank robbery charges. One occurred at the Bank of America on Douglas Boulevard in Roseville on Jan. 6, 2009. The other robberies took place at a Bank of America in Auburn, a Bank of America in El Dorado Hills and a Wells Fargo Bank in Cameron Park. Porter also admitted guilt in five additional bank robberies, one of which happened at the Wells Fargo Bank on Pleasant Grove Blvd. in Roseville on Oct. 3, 2008. The other four occurred at two US Banks in Auburn, a Washington Mutual Bank and a Wachovia Bank in Citrus Heights. These five bank robberies occurred in 2008. This case is the product of an investigation by the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office. During the early stages of the investigation, the task force dubbed the perpetrator "the Goat-Man Bandit" because victim tellers in some robberies indicated the robber had facial hair in the form of a goatee. As part of his plea agreement, Porter has agreed to pay restitution for all nine of his bank robberies. He is currently in federal custody pending sentencing May 12. He faces up to 80 years in federal prison. The actual sentence will be determined at the discretion of the court. ~ Staff report