A San Jose man who allegedly smashed windows at three East Palo Alto churches because he wanted to use the bathroom has pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court.
Robert Banks, 21, of San Jose, pleaded not guilty on Monday, Jan. 27, to charges of felony vandalism against a place of worship. Photo courtesy of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.
Banks has allegedly claimed he needed to go to the bathroom, but he could not find any bathrooms in the churches. The estimated damage is $5,000.
Banks will be represented through the county's private defender program. He will return to court Feb. 24 for a preliminary hearing. He has been released on "supervised own recognizance" with a condition to stay at least 100 yards away from all three churches, the DA's office said.