Man with shorts on head, not covering face, tries to rob bank

By | February 6, 2012

bankrob A 43-year-old man was charged Friday with trying to rob First State Bank on Stock Island– while wearing shorts on his head.

The Sheriff’s Office says Eli Escalera walked into the Maloney Avenue bank at 12:30 p.m. with the shorts on his head — not covering his face — and handed a teller a note that said: “Give me what are 20s and 50s.” The teller asked, “What do you want?” and Escalera said “never mind” and walked out.

The bank manager called Sheriff’s Office Detective Donald Catala and relayed descriptive information to him; Catala spread the word over police radios that the robber was a Hispanic man wearing a blue shirt and dark cargo pants. He has scars on his face.

Deputy Matt Dowling was near the bank when that went out over the radio. He looked down the nearby 5th Street and saw a man fitting Escalera’s description who was taking off a pair of dark-colored pants. When he saw Dowling, he jumped on his bike and fled. He was caught near 3rd Avenue and 5th Street.

The discarded clothing was taken as evidence and a witness to the attempted robbery later identified Escalera as the suspect. It wasn’t clear whether police recovered the shorts, and why exactly the suspect had them on his head.

The same bank was robbed on Dec. 11; no one’s been arrested in that case. It was also robbed on two consecutive days in September 2005 — by the same man. He was caught after the second robbery, during which he told a teller: “I was here Thursday and wanted to do the same thing today.”

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