Richard Edward Meissner, a professional golfer who played for a time on the PGA tour and offered instructions at several private courses in the Washington area, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court here this week to pointing a gun at two tellers in a Bethesda bank on June 7.
In exchange for that guilty plea, federal prosecutors have dropped two other charges of bank robbery against Meissner. The 35-year-old golfer had lived in Alexandria at the time the charges were brought but now lives with his parents in Olney.
According to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent who investigated the case, Meissner pointed an automotic pistol at two tellers in the Maryland National Bank branch in Montgomery Mall and demanded, "Give me the hundreds and the big bills in the bag. Hurry up."
After they stuffed $13,650 into a brown briefcase, Meissner fled out the front door of the bank and sped off in a 1976 blue Cadillac, the FBI agent reported. Two witnesses saw Meissner in the car and one of them memorized the license number.
Several hours after the robbery, Meissner turned himself over to the FBI of his own accord, according to his attorney, Leonard T. Kardy.