Accused Robber Dies When RV Plunges Off Coastal Bluff

RAGGED POINT (AP) – Authorities say a family therapist charged with robbing a bank last fall has died after his motorhome plunged hundreds of feet off of a Central California coastal bluff.

KSBY-TV says the RV plunged off Highway 1 near Ragged Point on Sunday afternoon.

The California Highway Patrol says 56-year-old Arthur McClay Watkins was the only person in the car. The crash is under investigation.


Watkins was a therapist in Arroyo Grande and onetime president of the local Rotary Club.

Prosecutors allege he robbed a Santa Maria bank of $60,000 at gunpoint in November. The robber dropped the money, which was grabbed by a stranger but police quickly arrested both men.

Watkins had been out on bail since Christmas and was due back in court on Thursday to enter a plea.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


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