Police: Pennsylvania man tried to rob bank of $1 in prison bid
By The Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 12:44 p.m.
Updated: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
NORTHERN CAMBRIA -- A man tried to rob a Pennsylvania bank of $1 because he hoped to be sent to a federal prison nearby, police said.
Jeffrey McMullen, a 50-year-old regular customer of an AmeriServ bank in Northern Cambria, handed notes to two tellers Friday demanding a dollar, according to a police complaint reported by The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown.
The tellers thought it was a joke, police said. He then spoke with a new accounts employee and repeated he was robbing the bank for a buck.
Police say McMullen apparently wanted to be prosecuted federally so he could be taken to a prison in central Pennsylvania. Police could not immediately say why.
McMullen awaits a preliminary hearing, and court records didn't list an attorney. Under terms set by a Northern Cambria district judge, he must undergo a mental evaluation and post $50,000 bail in order to win release from jail.
One note given to tellers said, “FBI custody. Preferbly (sic) Loretto Pa. No press. Seal all files,” according to the complaint. Police took that to be a request that McMullen hoped authorities would not publicize his case. The other said, “Federal bank robbery. Please hand over $1.00.”
- Penguins to face Bruins in Eastern Conference final
- Remember When: Sermon presented to graduates
- Road Trip! Destination: Museum gems of NYC
- Director of the Fort Pitt Museum in Point State Park seemed destined for job
- Lula in Sewickley offers intimate surroundings, simple food
- Restaurant battles online reviews
- Family event at Fun Fore All to benefit pediatric cancer research
- Pirates notebook: Cutter a boon for Melancon
- Hunt Institute’s collection of botanicals continues to bloom
- Seneca Valley grads Helisek, Mazzoni moving up minor-league ranks
- Pipeline project creates unease in Westmoreland County
You must be signed in to add comments
To comment, click the Sign in or sign up at the very top of this page.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.