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Police: Unarmed, Would-Be Bank Robber Took Seat After Demanding Cash

Prince William County Police said that John Alvin Thomas Jr., 43, of Manassas, did not have a gun and did not imply he had one.

An unarmed man recently strolled into a local Bank of America branch, demanded money, then took a seat until police officers arrived to arrest him, Prince William County Police said.

John Alvin Thomas Jr., 43, of Lomond Drive in the West Gate area of Manassas, was charged with attempted robbery on Nov. 13. Police responded to the incident at 4:42 p.m. Employees at the 8501 Sudley Road branch reported that Thomas had entered the building, approached a staff member and handed over a note asking for money. 

Thomas then "calmly took a seat in the bank" while an employee called police in another room, said Prince William County Police Officer Jonathan Perok. 

"The accused was not in possession of a weapon and never implied he had one,"  Perok said in a press release. 

Police took Thomas into custody without incident. His court date is set for Jan. 22. He was held without bond. 

The information in this article was provided by the Prince William County Police Department. Where arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction. 

Garth Graham November 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM
What crime did he commit? The headline says he "demanded" money but the article says in his note he "asked" for money.....
Damon Corprew November 15, 2012 at 04:11 PM
What crime did he commit? Something is not right.
Mary Stachyra Lopez November 15, 2012 at 06:08 PM
He is charged with attempted robbery.
lib November 16, 2012 at 06:40 AM
He never threatened anyone any harm all he did was ask for it and sit wait to see if he would get it, its the same as asking for a loan and waiting for approval.
Charles Sutherland November 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM
He probably did it to get free board and room -- under the new Obamanation economy in which Obama is driving the US over the fiscal cliff as fast as he can.

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