After responding to a 911 call at approximately 3:25 p.m. that a man later identified as 56-year-old Jimmie Knight robbed the bank, police responded to the scene and later caught up with the perpetrator just up the street with $2,000 in ill-gotten loot.
According to police, Knight took the money just three blocks up the road to a nearby store and spent $1,150 on jewelry.
“He was crazy,” said 104th Precinct Captain Christopher Manson.
According to reports, the unarmed Knight simulated a gun in his jacket pocket and told the Chase bank teller to hand over the money, but when they refused he yelled out louder and created a scene.
“They laughed at him at first because they thought he was kidding,” Manson said.
After speaking with witnesses, officers soon stopped a man fitting Knight’s description near the intersection of 64th Street and Grand Avenue.
When he asked the culprit why he robbed the bank, Manson recalled Knight told him, “I wanted the money.”
Knight had prior arrests and previously spent eight years upstate for bank robbery.
“So I said, ‘you’re going back to jail,’” Manson responded.