‘I lost my business to COVID’ alleged bank robber writes on note to teller

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Police in Houston, Texas, are on the hunt for an alleged robber who held up a bank with a note that says he did not receive a stimulus check or funds from the government to save his business. Moments after the Woodforest National Bank opened on July 8, a man […]

Police in Houston, Texas, are on the hunt for an alleged robber who held up a bank with a note that says he did not receive a stimulus check or funds from the government to save his business.

Moments after the Woodforest National Bank opened on July 8, a man walked in with his face covered with a black bandana and wearing a hoodie over his head.

Police said the unidentified man approached the teller to request a withdrawal and passed over a folded piece of paper.

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“I didn’t get a stimulus or that 10k loan. I lost my business to Covid so please make this easy and comply,” the note read.

PHOTO: Houston police are looking for a bank robbery suspect who used a note blaming COVID-19 as a reason why he is holding up a bank. (Houston Police Department)

The suspected bank robber was referring to the stimulus relief check millions of taxpayers received during the stay-at-home orders during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic and a $10,000 economic relief loan for small businesses.

“I don’t wanna hurt nobody but will if I have to. Any suspicious moves and I will start shooting so please go get my money. Don’t make anything noticeable!” the note read.

While the alleged robber did not display a gun, the teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

The suspect grabbed the money and ran out of the Hillcroft Avenue bank.

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Surveillance video and witnesses describe the suspect as 30 to 39 years old, around 6 feet tall with a large frame. He was also wearing a black True Religion brand letterman jacket with a red “02” and “TR” on the front and a red and white “TR” with TRUE RLGN written inside the letters and a gray wild cat on the back, and black pants, police said.

PHOTO: Houston police are looking for a bank robbery suspect who used a note blaming COVID-19 as a reason why he is holding up a bank. (Houston Police Department)

The FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force, Houston Police Robbery Division and Houston Crime Stoppers are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org.

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