A 68-year-old alleged bank robber from Denver thought he had a solid plan when he went to rob the Wells Fargo bank at around 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
According to police, John David Martinez was wearing a black T-shirt with his first name clearly displayed on it when he entered the bank. On top of that little blunder, he also drove his own car, a silver Honda sedan, and used it as his getaway vehicle.
As reported byABC 7 News Denver, after he was politely greeted by a female bank teller, Martinez made his intentions clear when he said, “This is a robbery, give me the money,” while handing the teller a bag, which she promptly filled with cash. Martinez said, “That’s enough,” before walking out of the bank and driving off in his car.
Police didn’t find it hard to catch up with Mr Martinez, having traced his car to him. When cops showed the bank teller who had dealt with the robber pictures of the suspect, she identified him successfully: “That’s him. He’s the one who robbed the bank this morning,” she said.
By 2:00 p.m., police had found the silver Honda belonging to the suspect at the Ramada Inn on Zuni St. The manager of the hotel shared with police that Martinez and his wife were in room 142.
Police, along with FBI agents, entered the room and arrested the suspect. Police said the suspect told his wife that he had borrowed the cash in order to pay their rent which was overdue.
Following his arrest, Martinez admitted to police that he and his wife had fallen into serious debt and been evicted from their home more than three weeks prior, confirming they had been staying at the Ramada for the past three days.
Martinez revealed to investigators that on the morning of the bank robbery, he awoke and left his wife asleep back at the motel. He then drove to the bank and robbed it. When he returned to his motel room, he “told his wife that he had borrowed the money and did not tell her that he had robbed the bank.”
Martinez will be spending time at a Denver jail for the time being and is being charged with felony robbery involving $20,000 or more. And according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, he has also had prior arrests for assault with a deadly weapon, forgery, criminal impersonation, DUI hit and run and resisting arrest.