A Virginia man was arrested for robbing a bank, but he says that he politely asked for the bank’s money and the teller complied, which, in his opinion, means that he did not commit a robbery. According to abcnews.go.com, twenty-three year old Dominyk Antonio Alfonseca walked into a Virginia bank and handed a teller a note that said, “I need 150,000 Bands Right NOW!! Please Police take 3 to 4 minites to get here, I would appriceate if you Ring the alarm a minute after I am gone… Make sure the money doesn’t BLOW UP ON MY WAY OUT:-)”.
In my experience as a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, I haven’t encountered very many robberies where the alleged robber actually used a note to ask for money. What makes Alfonseca’s situation even more unusual is that he recorded the robbery, then posted the video and his robbery note on Instagram. Alfonseca’s Instagram post allowed police to track him down and arrest him. According to Alfonseca, there is no evidence of a robbery. He says that he asked politely for money, and the teller gave him the money. He doesn’t believe that he has done anything wrong, but the bank teller may have made a mistake. Alfonseca pointed out that he didn’t want the teller to get into any trouble. Continue reading