Talk about a rude awakening.
A Crown Heights man suspected of robbing a Utica Avenue bank had no idea he was the target of a federal investigation until he saw his face on wanted posters for the crime — which he told officers he didn’t remember committing, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Surveillance footage shows the man approached a teller at the bank between St. Johns and Lincoln places at 9 am on Jan. 20, before handing the employee a black pastic bag, dropping a backpack on the floor, and saying, “I don’t know what’s in the backpack, but it’s loaded. Give me everything you have.”
But the worker claimed she had no cash on hand and the suspect fled empty-handed, leaving his backpack behind for investigators, who found two plastic bottles and a “computer component” inside, according to the complaint filed on Saturday.
The alleged crook spotted the wanted poster with his mug on it five days after he allegedly walked into the bank, and turned himself in the next day, the document shows.
Police read the suspect his rights before he and authorities reviewed footage of the crime, and everybody — the man included — agreed he was the guy in the images.
But the evidence did nothing to jog the alleged burglar’s memory, and he insisted he could not recall the would-be heist or the period of time during which it occurred.
Federal prosecutors are nonetheless charging the man with robbery, claiming in their indictment that he “knowingly” used threats of violence in his attempt to rip off the bank.
A defense lawyer assigned to represent the suspect did not return requests for comment.