Prosecutors say man robbed own Wash. bank

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Prosecutors allege that a man robbed his own Tacoma, Wash., bank this week, repeatedly telling a bank employee the holdup was not a joke.

The News Tribune reports ( http://is.gd/wbAp7Y) that the man asked for a specific teller on Monday at a Chase Bank branch but she wasn't available. Court documents say he then handed a bank employee a note that read: "This is a robbie?" Prosecutors say the employee recognized the man as a bank customer and later told police he insisted multiple times that he wasn't joking.

The employee gave the man two envelopes full of money.

When police located the man in a nearby restaurant, prosecutors say he told them he had messed up and "robbed his own bank."

Robert Rios Jr. pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree robbery.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com


(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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