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Man apologizes, immediately turns himself in after bank robbery


A man called police to turn himself in moments after robbing a local bank at knife point, according to a Las Vegas police report.

Matthew Romero, 42, walked into U.S. Bank at 2300 W. Sahara Ave., near Rancho Drive, on Aug. 30 and slid the teller a note.

“THIS IS A BANK ROBBERY. I HAVE A KNIFE IN MY POCKET DON’T WANT TO USE IT. PLEASE CALL POLICE. I AM SO VERY SORRY…DON’T MEAN TO SCARE YOU.”

The teller handed Romero about $1,100 and did just what the note said — he alerted the authorities.

And so did Romero, who police found about 150 yards west of the bank’s entrance.

Romero, from New Mexico, flagged down the first arriving officer, and told him “I’m off my meds and I’m not feeling too good. I just took all that money. It’s all there except that one twenty.”

Romero had dropped that one twenty just outside the bank. It was then picked up by a witness to the crime, the report said.

Police placed Romero under arrest, and located the rest of the stolen cash in the Duke sweatshirt Romero had set on the ground.

During an interview with police, Romero indicated that he was depressed and unemployed, and decided to visit Las Vegas after a recent divorce. He told police that his mental illness medication was not working and that he just wanted to “go away for a while,” the report said.

Romero, who stayed two nights at the Circus Circus, wrote the robbery note at the concierge desk of the hotel, he told police, and took a cab to the bank.

Inside the bank, he chose to approach a male teller so that he would not frighten a woman, the report said.

According to the report, Romero said he felt bad about the crime, and called police. After telling the dispatcher what he had done, Romero asked the dispatcher if it was OK to remove his sweatshirt, where he had stuffed the money.

Romero was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on robbery and burglary charges.

Contact reporter Colton Lochhead at clochhead@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4638. Follow @ColtonLochhead on Twitter.

 

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