Jaime Giménez Arbe

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Jaime Giménez Arbe
Born (1956-01-12) January 12, 1956 (age 58)
Las Rozas, Madrid, Spain
Other names El Solitario (The Loner)
Criminal penalty
47 years imprisonment[1]
Conviction(s) Homicide (two counts)
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Giménez and the second or maternal family name is Arbo.

Jaime Giménez Arbe (also spelt Jiménez by the press, though the correct spelling is Giménez, as he wrote it in a letter[2] signed by himself and showed to the journalists' cameras by his lawyer Mariano Trillo-Figueroa) (Madrid, 12 January 1956) is the identity behind the Spanish anarchist and bank robber known as El Solitario ("The Loner").

He is charged with more than thirty armed robberies, in banks all over Spain, as well as with the murder of two Civil Guards in Castejón (Navarra).[3] In addition, in Vall de Uxó (Castellón), during a shooting with El Solitario, one policeman died due to a stray bullet from another policeman. .[4]

He was in prison in the United Kingdom because of drug trafficking, and eight minor trials in Spain had yet to take place. He speaks Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese.

Jaime Giménez Arbe’s detention[edit]

He was arrested in 23 July 2007, in Figueira da Foz (Portugal) as part of the Operation Gloria. A large number of police officers, both Spanish (National Police Officer and Civil Guards from the Central Operational Unit) and Portuguese (Judiciary Police) were there to arrest him while he was, presumably, about to rob the “Caixa Agrícola” Bank,[5] located in Saraiva de Carvalho Street, near the market and the famous Figueira Casino. He was imputed with the murder of two Civil Guards, who he shoot after they asked him to identify himself.

When he was arrested, he was disguised with false beard, mustache and wig and, as always, he wore his bulletproof vest and carried three guns: two short ones and an automatic one. The unprecedented police presence in charge of his search ended a decade of crimes that made him one of the most wanted criminals in Spanish criminal history. In his usual dwelling, and also in a warehouse of his own, large amounts of guns and ammunition were found, as well as disguising props.[6]

He was taken to Coimbra, where he was to make a statement before a judge. At the court door, before the many curious people and the media, he shouted "Hola a todos, soy El Solitario. ¡Salud españoles!" ("Hi, everyone. I’m The Loner. Here’s to you, Spain.") .[7]

Stay in prison[edit]

On 27 July he started a hunger strike as a protest for being moved to a high security level prison. He stopped the protest two days later. .[8]

According to his lawyers Portuguese Elisa Maia and Spanish José Mariano Trillo-Figueroa, the alleged criminal admits being a robber, but denies having murdered the three people of whose deaths he is accused of, claiming that the former Civil Guard General Enrique Rodríguez Galinda, and the former Extremadura Junta President Juan Carlos Rodríguez Ibarra were involved in them.[9] In addition, he admits that the robberies were indeed his, saying that he “robbed banks in order to liberate the Spanish from the bank’s thefts” ».[10] .

Trial[edit]

During the trial, that took place in July 2008, Jaime Giménez Arbe pleaded not guilty to the charge of two Civil Guards murders, as well as declaring himself antisystem, anarchist and define his robberies as “bank expropriation”. He also confessed having started his criminal career with Corsican anti-capitalist groups, with which he committed his first robbery.[11] Those sworn statements are similar to the ones in the letter he wrote for the “public opinion” while his stay in Zuera’s prison.[12]

In the trial, which took place in the Navarra Provincial High Court until 29 April 2008, he was found guilty of the two police officers murder in 2004, and was sentenced to 47 years imprisonment.[1]

Date Town Province Country Details
January 18, 1993 Adamuz Córdoba Spain He used a Citroen C15, and was possibly helped by his brother. This bank doesn’t exist anymore.[13]
May 2, 1994 Vivero Lugo Spain Robbed a Banco Exterior de España Bank office.
May 10, 1996 Zafra Badajoz Spain Shooting with the Civil Guard. He used a Renault 4.
May 22, 1998 Mellid La Coruña Spain Robbed a Caixa Galicia Bank office.
July 4, 1998 Teruel Teruel Spain Fled in a jeep after appropriating 1,778,000 pesetas from a CAI[disambiguation needed] office.
September 4, 1998 Binéfar Huesca Spain Appropriated 3,997,000 pesetasfrom an Ibercaja office.
November 26, 1998 Jumilla Murcia Spain Robbed a CAM office and appropriates ₧12,600,000 million.
March 5, 1999 La Roda Albacete Spain Appropriated 3,000,000 pesetas from a Caja de Ahorros de Castilla La Mancha office.
April 23, 1999 Socuéllamos Ciudad Real Spain Assaulted a CCM office and appropriated two million pesetas.
June 10, 1999 Calahorra La Rioja Spain Appropriated 1,197,000 pesetas from a Cajarioja office.
July 14, 1999 La Estrada Pontevedra Spain Appropriated 1,668,000 pesetas from a Caixa Pontevedra office.
July 15, 1999 Chantada Lugo Spain
September 2, 1999 Alfaro La Rioja Spain Appropriated more than 3,000,000 pesetas from the Ibercaja office in Alfaro’s España Square..
October 14, 1999 Calamocha Teruel Spain Appropriated 4,100,000 pesetas from an Ibercaja office. Fled in a Suzuki.
October 15, 1999 Cariñena Zaragoza Spain
December 23, 1999 Mula Murcia Spain As he was leaving, he said “Merry Christmas” to those present.
May 10, 2000 La Vall d'Uixó Castellón Spain Robbed a Caja Rural de San Isidro office, appropriating 3,300,000 pesetas. There was a spectacular shooting against local police presence. One of them died as a result from a shoot by another one.[14]
December 22, 2000 Gallur Zaragoza Spain
June 14, 2001 Pina de Ebro Zaragoza Spain
August 18, 2001 Cee La Coruña Spain
October 9, 2001 Zuera Zaragoza Spain
January 23, 2002 Calasparra Murcia Spain Appropriated his biggest lot, more than €100,000, so he quit robbing for a year.
March 26, 2003 Pozoblanco Córdoba Spain Robbed a CajaSur office and appropriates €30,000. Fled in a Suzuki Vitara.
August 20, 2003 Villalba Lugo Spain
September 19, 2003 Torrijos Toledo Spain Robbed a CCM office placed in España Square.
June 9, 2004 Castejón Navarra Spain Allegedly killed two Civil Guards with a sub-machine gun, after a failed robbery in La Rioja (Spain).
April 20, 2006 Sarria Lugo Spain Shot a clerk in the leg and fled with €835,000.
May 10, 2006 Alcobendas Madrid Spain In La Moraleja district. Fled in a Renault Kangoo.
May 12, 2006 Tres Cantos Madrid Spain
October 10, 2006 L'Alcúdia Valencia Spain Robbed the Banco Popular office placed in Antoni Almela Street, and appropriated €6,000.
November 11, 2006 Ávila Ávila Spain Robbed #8 Caja Ávila office, placed between Virgen de las Angustias Street and Padre Victoriano Street.[15]
December 14, 2006 San Agustín del Guadalix Madrid Spain Appropriated €10,000. This office had been previously robbed more than ten times.
February 7, 2007 Madrid Madrid Spain In Canillas district, 200 meters away from the Judge Police Station.
May 18, 2007 Toro Zamora Spain Shot a clerk in the leg, and fled with a €6.000 loot.[16]
July 23, 2007 Figueira da Foz Coimbra Portugal Jaime Giménez, «El Solitario», is arrested as he was going to rob a bank in Figueira da Foz, Portugal.

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