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Accused "bag trick bandit" arraigned from hospital

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) —  The suspect in a bank robbery series was arrested last week after a chase ended at the Mission Valley YMCA and K9 helped take him down. 

During two of those hold-ups - at the US Bank on Gennessee and the Wells Fargo on Clairemont Drive - prosecutors say that 38-year-old Jonathan McCant concealed his hand inside a plastic bag to simulate a weapon, earning him the moniker "bag trick bandit." 

Authorities say McCant began his crime spree by attempting to hold up a Bank of America on Ulric, four days before Christmas. 

The spree ended earlier this month at a US Bank branch on Midway, which McCant allegedly struck twice - and in those instances, prosecutors say there was no "bag trick" involved. 

When McCant was finally nabbed last Wednesday in Mission Valley, he was bit by a K9 used to take him into custody causing injuries that have temporarily placed him in Alvarado Hospital. 

That's where McCant's arraignment was held - in his hospital room - Tuesday afternoon. And while he is expected to be transferred to jail once he's released from the hospital, McCant could avoid that by posting $800,000 bail. 

But the DA's office says there is a caveat - the judge has agreed to first carry out a special "bail review." 

Meaning that if McCant posted any bail, she would analyze the bail to see if it came from any criminal means. 

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