Trial begins for man accused of robbing bank with paintball gun



Jurors will hear testimony today in the case of a man accused of robbing a bank in 2010 with a paintball gun.

In past hearings, attorneys have argued that Feliz Vega was under the influence of the medication Paxil and “involuntarily intoxicated” when he entered the rear door of the Bank of America at 1740 Gordon Highway on July 30, 2010.

Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms alleges that Vega pointed the gun at four tellers and told them to place cash into a multicolored birthday bag.

In addition to $12,000, one of the tellers placed a tracking device into the bag that allowed deputies to follow Vega on a high-speed chase to Central Avenue, Syms said. It ended when Vega crashed into a fence and a parked car on Starnes Street.

Vega was indicted on four counts of armed robbery and fleeing and attempting to elude.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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