The FBI is investigating the man accused of robbing a Coos Bay bank in connection with a Salem bank robbery, and possibly others, according to Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier.
Bradley Monical, of Hood River, is charged in Coos County with two counts of first-degree robbery, 11 counts of unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated first-degree theft and felon in possession of a firearm, related to the armed robbery of the Coos Bay Sterling Savings Bank on April 29.
The outcome of his trial next week could affect the FBI's investigation, Frasier said Tuesday in Judge Richard Barron's courtroom.
The FBI cannot confirm such an investigation exists.
The information came out during a motion hearing to determine if Monical was competent to represent himself at his trial, with his public defender, Allen Goldman, advising him.
Monical, 40, said he was satisfied overall with Goldman's service, but for a few things.
For example, Goldman did not place an advertisement in the paper asking for anyone with information that could exonerate him from the charges to come forward.
Monical claims he did not rob the bank, but found a bag, picked it up and was then arrested.
When Coos Bay police officer Ken Labrousse arrested Monical minutes after the Sterling Savings Bank in downtown Coos Bay was robbed, he discovered a satchel with a loaded 9 mm handgun and several thousand dollars in cash beneath Monical's jacket, he testified at a different motion hearing June 13.
Judge Barron did not believe Monical would be successful as his own lawyer at trial.
'You have a right to represent yourself," Barron told Monical at Tuesday's motion hearing. 'It is a huge mistake to do that. I've never seen it work out."
Barron was eventually able to persuade Monical to withdraw the motion after Frasier explained the potential consequences with the FBI investigation, which will likely take into account the outcome of this trial and Monical's criminal record, he said.
Monical -- who up until that point had been smiling and cracking jokes about his potential sentence and criminal history -- stared at his feet.
'I guess I'll withdraw it then," he said after a pause.
'You're making the right decision, Mr. Monical," Barron replied.
In 1989, Monical pleaded guilty to armed robbery in Wasco County and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Records at the Wasco County Courthouse indicate he robbed a man at gunpoint. Monical was 18 years old.
Around the same time, he also pleaded guilty to robbing several inns in Hood River County, records show.
By 1994, he was out of jail and arrested for contempt of court for his behavior during a custody hearing regarding his two children, who are now 11 and 13 years old.
Monical's eyes quickly filled with tears at the mention of his children. He reached across the table for a tissue.
Then, in 2005, Monical was arrested on a restraining order violation.
In the meantime, Monical claims he has been working as a private contractor in heating and air conditioning in Coos County.
Frasier was surprised by this. He had thought Monical to be a transient from Hood River.
Monical's trial is scheduled to run June 28-30.
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