’20/20′ Robber Sentenced for Wells Fargo Robbery in Bakersfield

’20/20′ Robber Sentenced for Wells Fargo Robbery in Bakersfield

Photos courtesy of the Kern County District Attorney’s Office.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A Kern County jury on Monday convicted a man of a ninth bank robbery in California, after he robbed a Wells Fargo bank on California Avenue in September 2021 and led law enforcement on a high-speed chase, authorities said.

Ray Fitzgerald Green was found guilty Monday of second-degree robbery, grand larceny, reckless evasion of a peace officer and possession of a firearm by a felon, the Kern County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.


Green had previously been convicted of eight bank robberies in the San Francisco Bay Area: seven between 1992 and 1993 and one in 2002. The bank robberies occurred in Santa Clara, San Jose, Milpitas and San Francisco.

Santa Clara investigators nicknamed Green “20/20,” referring to the square, clear-lensed glasses he often wore during robberies.

On September 15, 2021, Ray Fitzgerald Green entered the Wells Fargo Bank located at 5401 California Avenue and handed the teller a note that read: “I have a gun… I want big bills, only $20, $50, and $100 bills. No dye packets. No tracers. If you do what I say, you and your family will not be harmed.”

Photos courtesy of the Kern County District Attorney’s Office.

The teller handed the money to Green who then fled. What Green didn’t know was that there was actually a tracker embedded in the pile of money. The BPD, with the help of a KCSO helicopter, followed Green north on Highway 99.

Once officers caught up to Green, he evaded a traffic stop and led officers on a car chase, weaving in and out of traffic. Green reached speeds of 140 miles per hour during the chase and even drove through a construction zone marked off by traffic cones, the district attorney’s office said in a news release.

Officers followed Green on a dangerous high-speed chase, reaching speeds of 140 mph, prosecutors said. The chase ended in Delano when Green crashed into a tree. Investigators said they found the bill, the exact amount of cash and clothing worn during the bank robbery.

Photos courtesy of the Kern County District Attorney’s Office.

Authorities said Green also wore a similar style of clear, square-lens glasses during the 2021 Wells Fargo robbery in Bakersfield.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 6. Because of his multiple prior convictions, Green faces up to 46 years in prison, or life.