A man who pleaded not guilty Tuesday to robbing his Tacoma bank earlier this week told the teller repeatedly that he wasn’t joking, according to charging papers.
Robert Rios Jr., 55, is charged with first-degree robbery after allegedly robbing the Chase Bank near North 26th Street and North Pearl Street.
According to court documents:
Rios entered the bank Monday and asked for a specific teller. When told she was not available, he handed a note to a bank employee that said: “This is a robbie?”
The employee recognized the man as a customer at the bank, and said he insisted multiple times that it was not a joke, and that he was apologetic. She later identified him as Rios.
The employee put money in two envelopes that she gave to the man.
When police found Rios in a nearby restaurant, he told officers he had messed up and “robbed his own bank.”
He had the two envelopes with him, and asked officers: “How much did I get?”
Rios posted the $20,000 bail today set by the court.