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Roberto SOLIS






A.K.A.: "Pancho Aguila"
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Armored car robber
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: 1969
Date of birth: 1945
Victim profile: 61-year-old armored car guard
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Status: Sentenced to life in prison. Paroled in 1992

Roberto Solis (born 1945) is an armored car robber, convicted murderer and poet. He has more than 30 aliases including Pancho Aguila, a pen name he used in prison while writing poetry.

Solis served 17 years in prison for murdering a security guard during a robbery in 1969. He was given parole in 1992. Afterwards he met Heather Tallchief, who got a job with a security company at his urging. In October 1993, following Solis' instructions, Tallchief drove off with an armoured vehicle containing $2.5 million. The two subsequently went on the run and had a child. Tallchief gave herself up in September 2005, but Solis is still at large.


Convicted Murderer Still On The Run, Accomplice Behind Bars

Heather Tallchief and Roberto Solis were a modern day Bonnie and Clyde, who authorities say were responsible for a $3 million dollar armored car heist in 1993. In 2005, Tallchief turned herself in to Las Vegas authorities after more than 10 years on the run. However, her former boyfriend Solis remains an wanted man.

Once A Thief...

In 1969, Roberto Solis held up an armored car in San Francisco. He shot the 61-year-old guard in the back and grabbed the money bag; it was empty. The guard died and Solis did 24 years in Folsom prison.

Viva Las Vegas

!n 1992, Solis made parole.  Once out he began calling himself Julius Suave and he hooked up with a 20-year-old named Heather Tallchief.

Cops say Solis and Tallchief moved to Mexico where they began preparations for a major heist. By the summer of 1993, agents say the plan was ready to be put into action. The couple moved to Las Vegas where Tallchief had secured a job as a driver for Loomis Armored, Inc. 

The FBI says the couple rented a warehouse. Their cover story: they were opening a business called Steel Reinforcement Inc. to reinforce vehicles and armored cars. According to officials, Solis and Tallchief then chartered a private jet which would eventually serve as their getaway.

$3 Million Heist

On October 1, 2003, Tallchief drove a Loomis armored van to the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino, where she dropped off two co-workers, a guard and a courier, to make a delivery. According to FBI, she knew she would get a moment alone in the truck with more than $3 million. Officials say the two co-workers went inside to arrange the drop-off, while Tallchief waited for them outside in the van. However, when they came back out of the casino,  the van, Tallchief and the money were nowhere in sight.

Now, according to agents, all she had to do was drive a few blocks to the warehouse she and Solis had rented. They say she arrived there undetected along with the loot. The FBI says by 10:15 a.m. Solis and Tallchief boarded a jet and took off. Tallchief was disguised as an elderly woman in a wheelchair with Solis as her doctor. They flew to Denver, then made their way to Miami.

Ten years after the million dollar heist, Tallchief is behind bars. She turned herself into Las Vegas authorities September 15, 2005. Her alleged accomplice, Roberto Solis, is still on the run.


Heist suspect turns self in

Woman was on the lam 12 years after LV robbery

Las Vegas Review Journal

September 16, 2005

Nearly 12 years after police say she drove away in an armored van filled with millions of dollars in cash, one of Las Vegas' most-wanted fugitives resurfaced in the city Thursday and unexpectedly surrendered.

Defense lawyers said Heather Tallchief, 33, flew to Los Angeles on Monday from Amsterdam, Netherlands, where she left behind her fiance and her 10-year-old son. She arrived in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

"I truly feel this is the right thing to do," Tallchief told reporters before turning herself in.

Las Vegas attorney Daniel Albregts and Connecticut attorney Bob Axelrod escorted their client Thursday morning to the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse, where she surrendered to the U.S. Marshals Service.

"She's been wanting to do it for a very long time but simply couldn't until she was sure that her son would be taken care of," Albregts said.

Tallchief, then 21, was hired by Loomis Armored as a guard and driver about five weeks before she disappeared Oct. 1, 1993.

Although news reports indicated she fled in a vehicle holding $3.1 million in cash, a criminal complaint accuses her of stealing $2.5 million.

Albregts said she fled with her boyfriend, Roberto Solis, who was 48 at the time.

Solis, also known as Julius Suave, had spent 17 years in prison for the 1969 murder of a Loomis employee who was killed during a botched robbery in San Francisco.

Albregts said Tallchief became pregnant a few months after fleeing with Solis. Shortly after her son's birth, the lawyer said, Tallchief left Solis and the stolen money.

"He had control of the money," Albregts said. "We will show during the course of this case why we believe we can prove that she didn't have any of the money. He had it all."

Albregts said Tallchief has not seen Solis in more than a decade and does not know his whereabouts.

Tallchief was dressed neatly in pale-colored slacks, a blouse and a suit jacket Thursday afternoon when she appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Johnston with her ankles shackled.

She calmly answered routine questions before Johnston declared her a flight risk and granted a prosecutor's request to keep her in custody. Defense lawyers did not object to the request.

"She's going to handle it well," Axelrod said after the hearing. "She has a good attitude about it."

The woman's lawyers welcomed a national media blitz Thursday.

"We're hoping that the world will see her as a sympathetic figure and so will the court," Axelrod told reporters gathered outside the courthouse.

He said he and Albregts plan to present a defense of "mental duress."

Albregts said: "We believe that we will be able to show that she was under such influence and control of Mr. Solis that it essentially was tantamount to being brainwashed, and on the chosen day he told her to drive away with the money and meet him at a storage unit where he parked the truck, and that's what she did."

Axelrod said that Tallchief's story is for sale and that she plans to give any proceeds to her victims.

When a reporter asked how the defendant is paying for her two lawyers, Axelrod replied, "None of your business."

Albregts then added, "Other than to say with entirely lawful means."

Axelrod said that Tallchief has been living in a "loving family relationship" for several years and that her fiance will care for her son while she resolves her criminal case.

Tallchief said she dropped her son off at his school in Amsterdam on Monday.

"I told him to practice his guitar, have fun at his sporting club, do his homework, and I'll see you soon," she said.

Axelrod described his client as a "soccer mom" who lived a normal life under an assumed identity.

"There is no meaningful possibility that she would have been apprehended," the lawyer said. "Her identity was well-hidden from the world."

Albregts said Tallchief has worked for the past few years as a maid in a small 17th-century hotel in Amsterdam.

He said she has family in Buffalo, N.Y., but has had no contact with her relatives since she fled with Solis.

Albregts said Tallchief chose to surrender because she believed that her son "was old enough to understand but to forgive." She also needed to regain her true identity to marry her fiance, the lawyer said.

Axelrod said Tallchief was referred to him because of his experience representing Americans arrested in Europe. She first contacted him in March.

Albregts said the lawyers notified an assistant U.S. attorney 10 minutes before Tallchief surrendered.

Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Fidencio Rivera said his office had received no warning.

"It was a surprise," he said. "We had no idea this was happening."

He said those involved in her arrest said she was courteous and gave the impression that "she was resigned to move on with this whole ordeal."

David Schrom, a spokesman for the FBI's Las Vegas office, said news of Tallchief's surrender also came as a surprise to those in his agency.

"Obviously, we're very happy to have solved another case here," he said.

Schrom characterized Tallchief and Solis as two of the Las Vegas office's most-wanted fugitives.

After her court appearance Thursday afternoon, Tallchief was taken to the Las Vegas Detention Center.

She faces nine felony charges: bank larceny, conspiracy, making a false statement in application for a passport, interstate transportation of stolen property, flight to avoid prosecution, bank fraud, use of a firearm during a crime of violence, possession of false identification documents and embezzlement.

The stolen armored van was found two weeks after the theft in a garage at 708 S. First St. It was abandoned with a .357 Magnum revolver, a notebook and about $3,100 in small bills.

Authorities said Tallchief, a Seneca Indian, and Solis, a native of Nicaragua, fled Las Vegas in a chartered plane to Denver and were disguised as elderly people, with Tallchief using a wheelchair.

Bogus passports intended for the couple were confiscated in Miami with their photos and the names of Nicole Marie Reger and Joseph Anthony Panura, authorities said.

Mark Clark, spokesman for Loomis Armored successor Loomis, Fargo & Co. of Houston, said he welcomed Tallchief's surrender but said the company wants the missing money.

"I don't suppose she turned the money in when she turned herself in," Clark said Thursday.


Heather Tallchief


Tallchief heads to the Las Vegas Detention Center on September 14, 2005.



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