The FBI says Tyrone Edward Wright robbed three banks a block apart over two days in the NoMa neighborhood of Northeast Washington.
Authorities say he hit the same bank branch twice on consecutive days and that he had been a regular customer there a few years ago. New details from court documents say the man robbed the same teller at the branch on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.
Bank robbery sprees are common — police linked nine Maryland holdups to the “Bandage Bank Robber” earlier this month and six to Virginia’s “Forever Loyal Bandit.”
But police say the man who robbed the NoMa banks last week was particularly brazen — allegedly robbing a bank even as police were still at a bank a block away investigating another robbery to which he would also be linked. Wright, 45, of no fixed address has been charged in U.S. District Court with three counts of bank robbery.
Some details of the robberies in the 1100 and 1200 blocks of First Street NE, near a Harris Teeter store, emerged last week in the immediate aftermath of the holdups. But additional details are in a federal court document filed Friday after Wright’s appearance in court. He was ordered detained.
The FBI said that about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, Wright walked into the Premier Bank in the 1100 block of First Street NE and handed a teller a note written on cardboard that instructed her to keep calm and give him money and that nobody would get hurt. He left the bank with $3,000.
The FBI said in the court document that the teller recognized the man as a previous customer.
The FBI said the same man went into the TD Bank in the 1200 block of First Street NE about 12:25 p.m. Thursday and again handed a teller a note written on cardboard. He left with $875 and a red dye pack, authorities said, which exploded a few minutes later, covering the man’s hands and money with red dye. The court papers say dye-stained bills littered the road across the street from the bank.
At 12:50 p.m., the FBI said Wright went back to the Premier Bank and “confronted once again the same teller from the day before,” according to the court documents. Authorities said he handed her a note written on cardboard and walked out with $2,997.
About a half-hour later, police said in the court document, Wright was arrested at the Northwest One Library in the 100 block of L Street NW, about five blocks from the banks. Authorities said he was wearing the same clothes from the holdups, including a shirt depicting Bob Marley, and had red ink on his hands. Police said they found $2,997 stuffed in his pants pockets and shoes.
Wright’s attorney could not immediately be reached Tuesday. The court document says Wright told the FBI and D.C. police that he needed the money to pay off a $5,000 loan from an acquaintance who was charging him 30 percent interest.