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“Ben Affleck plays me:” Man who claimed to be infamous bank robber arrested for bank robbery

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Ryan Mancini

masslive.com

A man from Fall River who claimed he inspired Ben Affleck’s character in the 2010 film “The Town” was charged in connection with allegedly robbing a TD Bank in downtown Boston.

Facing a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, William Sequeira, 59, was charged with one count of bank robbery, United States Attorney Rachel Rollins’ office said in a statement.

On Sept. 30, Sequeira allegedly entered a TD Bank and told a teller “Give me all the money before I blow your brains out.” He then fled on foot, but surveillance footage of the robbery and subsequent interviews by law enforcement confirmed Sequeira’s identity.

In the days before entering TD Bank, Sequeira allegedly took over $800 between a Santander Bank and an M&T Bank, MassLive previously reported.

Police apprehended Sequeira on Oct. 5 after locating him entering a Citizens Bank branch on Boylston Street in Boston. He entered the building and similarly demanded the teller to “give me hundreds,” and threatened to shoot the teller if they were not quick enough.

In 2020 Sequeira appeared on “Caught in Providence,” a web series set in Judge Frank Caprio’s Providence courtroom. This is where he claimed to have inspired Affleck’s character Doug McRay.

“I was in federal prison for 30 years for bank robbery,” Sequeira said in the video.

After being out of prison for two years, Sequeira claimed he was working as a driver for a fruit delivery company.

The bank robbery charge also carries with it three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000, Rollins’ office said.

Born in New Bedford, Sequeira started committing crimes after he moved to Boston at 18. Sequeria claimed it was when he started frequenting bars on Broadway, such as Triple O’s Lounge – where Whitey Buldger was occasionally seen – that he started falling into crime, according to the Boston Globe.

Following the Johnson v. U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2016, some of the violent offenses that Sequeria was charged with were removed from a list of violent offenses judges could account for during sentencing. He was released in 2018.

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