Reported by Liku Zelleke
A TowneBank branch in Virginia Beach was robbed last week. About 20 minutes later, , 23, was arrested for the crime.
The authorities were sure they had the right man behind bars within the hour because Alfonseca had posted photos and videos of the bank robbery on his Instagram account.
In interviews he held from jail, Alfonseca said he had posted an image of the note he handed the bank teller and two videos which showed her reading it and handing the money over to him. He didn’t say why he went ahead and did something that could be used as evidence against him.
What he did say was that it wasn’t a real robbery.
“She gave me money, and I left. I posted the video on my Instagram. I videotaped it, you know what I mean?” he told reporters. “So, basically, if it was a robbery — or whatever like that — I don’t think I would videotape it, post the picture of the letter and then do that to come to jail.
“A robbery is demanding. Going and demanding something and taking the money or whatever like that. I didn’t do that,” he added.
One of the photos shared in his account showed the demanding note he handed over, which read, “I need 150,000… right now!!” and telling the teller he would appreciate it if she were to “ring the alarm a minute after I am gone” because it takes the police three to four minutes to arrive.
He also asks her to “make sure the money dosen’t (sic) blow up on my way out.”
Authorities didn’t seem to agree with his take on the bank robbery, and Alfonseca did find himself in court, according to reports.
But he still insists he shouldn’t be charged with robbery. “I’m basically asking permission for money,” he says. “In my eyes, I did not commit a robbery… I feel I’m being charged without reason.”