Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bank robber called 911 and got arrested

Police caught a bumbling bank robber in Bridgeport, Connecticut who crashed his getaway car and fled by bus and taxi, then made it home and found his roommate dead.

On the morning of January 29, David Maksimik made off with about $3,700 from a branch of People's United Bank in Darien after showing a teller a gun and a fake grenade strapped to his waist. Police found the stolen money after Maksimik called 911 to report his roommate’s apparent suicide in Stamford.

Maksimik appeared before a federal magistrate in Bridgeport on Tuesday to face a robbery charge. He's already accused of robbery and several other crimes in state court for the same incident.

Police say after he held up the bank, he rear-ended another car fleeing the robbery. Maksimik didn’t make it home until he got rides on a bus, in a taxi and in his sister's car.

Maksimik found his roommate dead and called 911. Police responding to the suicide saw that he matched the description of the robbery suspect and found the bank money inside a bag on Maksimik’s bed.

"Everything just came together," Darien police Capt. Fred Komm said. "It's rare that you solve a bank robbery in such a timely manner. We got lucky, and he was having a bad day."

Tom Carson, a spokesman for the US attorney's office, declined to say why federal prosecutors are bringing their own case against Maksimik. It was not clear whether state officials will drop their case because of the federal prosecution.

Maksimik is being held without bail. The federal robbery charge carries up to 20 years in prison. (info from Kansas City Star and The Associated Press)

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