May 06–VIRGINIA BEACH — Dominyk Antonio Alfonseca said yes, he did post a picture of the note he handed to bank tellers on the social media website Instagram.
And yes, he did post a video of the bank teller reading the note, and another of her putting stacks of money into a bag.
But he said that doesn’t make what he did a bank robbery.
Police disagree. On Monday they charged Alfonseca, 23, of Norfolk with robbing the TowneBank in Town Center. They said a man handed a note to a bank teller, left with cash in a bag and was arrested 22 minutes later.
From the city jail this morning, Alfonseca said he doesn’t see it that way.
He said he didn’t threaten anyone, and even his note wasn’t threatening. It read, “I need 150,000 bands right now!! Please police take 3 to 4 minutes to get here, I would appreciate if you ring the alarm a minute after I am gone … . Make sure the money doesn’t BLOW UP ON MY WAY OUT :-)”
He said he was very polite, and said “please” in his note.
“I’m basically asking permission for money” in the video, he said. “In my eyes I did not commit a robbery, and I feel I’m being charged without reason.”
Alfonseca said he, too, has been the victim of theft, as businesses and artists have stolen ideas from his Instagram site. He said it’s like there’s a chip in his brain that tells people what he thinks before he says it.
He said he hopes he gets justice for those thefts as well.
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