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Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Plea deal may be in works for Stephanie Schwab, woman dubbed ‘blonde bandit’

The young mother dubbed the “blonde bandit” may have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors in Virginia over charges related to a series of bank robberies and carjackings she is alleged to have committed in November.


This undated photo provided by the Prince William County Police Dept. shows Stephanie Schwab. (AP)
Stephanie Schwab, 26, who grew up in Manassas, is scheduled to appear at a change of plea hearing in federal court in Alexandria on April 5 — a move that often indicates a plea deal has been reached.

Schwab initially pleaded not guilty to six charges related to the high-profile 13-day crime spree, which stretched across Northern Virginia and Maryland..

Schwab faces two counts of bank robbery, an attempted bank robbery charge and three counts of transporting stolen vehicles across state lines.

Federal prosecutors and Schwab’s attorney, Alfred Robertson Jr., declined to comment on whether a plea deal had been reached.

On Nov. 18, Schwab allegedly stole a car from her sister-in-law’s house and then robbed a bank, fleeing with more than $1,300. Authorities said she robbed a woman at knifepoint the next day and robbed a BB&T branch in West Springfield on Nov. 22.

On Thanksgiving, Schwab carjacked a woman at knifepoint in Baltimore County, police said. The woman’s hand was cut during a struggle.

Schwab was arrested on Nov. 30, after allegedly trying to rob another BB&T bank in McLean.

Schwab, a former member of the MS-13 gang, had testified against members at a high-profile murder trial in 2005. She was later placed in a federal witness protection program, family members said, but eventually dropped out.

Family members said Schwab was addicted to drugs and deep in debt at the time of the crime spree.

Schwab was scheduled to go to trial on May 22. She could face additional charges for the alleged crimes she carried out in Maryland.

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