Police charge suspect in two South Austin bank robberies

AUSTIN - The suspect charged in the Sept. 7 bank robbery of a South Austin Wells Fargo is also the suspect in an Aug. 31 bank robbery, police said.

According to an arrest affidavit, police identified Uchenna Chukwuma, 30, as the suspect in the Aug. 31 robbery of the Wells Fargo at South Congress and Riverside Drive. In that robbery, Chukwuma allegedly asked a teller to use a pen, and presented a hand-written note to the teller while moving his hand toward his pocket or waist. Chukwuma allegedly left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police allege Chukwuma entered the Wells Fargo at 500 East Ben White Boulevard shortly after 10 a.m. Sept. 7. In this robbery, Chukwuma allegedly approached a teller and placed a hand-written note on the counter. The affidavit states he left after the teller did not immediately comply with his demand. 

The affidavit stated police were at the bank within four minutes of the robbery call. The first responding officer saw a man fitting the description of the suspect walking away from the bank and detained Chukwuma. The teller in the second robbery identified Chukwuma as the man who just robbed the bank to police, according to the affidavit. Police placed Chukwuma under arrest, and the affidavit states officers found the demand note in his back right pocket.

While reviewing Chukwuma's belongings, police said he a chain and pendant that matched what the suspect was wearing in the Aug. 31 robbery.

Chukwuma has been charged with felony robbery by threat. Travis County Jail records state Chukwuma is being held on combined $100,000 bond.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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