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 ( 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.


Information from: The News Tribune,

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Testing Beginning
    Twelve Seattle police officers will begin using new body-worn cameras next week
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.