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UPDATE-Erie pizzaman/bomb bank robbery case

Discussion in 'Legal' started by TheeBadOne, Sep 5, 2003.

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  1. TheeBadOne

    TheeBadOne Member

    Dec 22, 2002
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    ERIE, Pa., Sept. 5 — Adding a new layer of mystery to an already perplexing puzzle, NBC News reported that a pizza deliveryman killed by collar bomb was carrying a second customized weapon during the bizarre bank heist that preceded his death — a single-shot firearm disguised as a walking cane.
    THE WEAPON, apparently custom-built, was recovered from Brian Wells’ car when he was arrested shortly after the Aug. 28 bank robbery, in which Wells walked into a PNC Bank branch with a bomb clamped onto his neck and handed a teller a note demanding cash.
    In an interview on NBC’s “Today†show, former FBI profiler Cliff Van Zandt said the “cane gun†was an archaic weapon that enjoyed a brief period of popularity in the late 19th century.
    The Erie Times and News reported Friday that Wells carried the cane gun into the bank but never used it to threaten workers. Quoting an unidentified witness to the robbery, the newspaper said that the cane “had buttons on it.â€
    The witness also said that Wells patiently waited his turn in line — despite the live bomb locked onto his neck — before handing the teller a lengthy note demanding $250,000 in cash, the newspaper said. According to the account, which also relied on a source close to the investigation, Wells told the teller the device around his neck “is going off in 22 minutes.†He also told the teller he would be back to get more money before walking out of the bank a bag full of cash, but not the full amount requested.
    Separately, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, citing a law enforcement official it did not identify, reported that a note found with Wells told him to go to three locations after committing the crime and said he would find instructions at those locations on how to disarm the bomb.
    A law enforcement official who spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity confirmed that the note instructed Wells to go to three locations after the crime, but the official would not confirm the other portion of the newspaper’s report.

    Investigators still aren’t sure whether Wells, 46, was involved in hatching the outlandish plot or was an innocent victim.
    Wells was arrested a block away from the bank, then spent minutes pleading with police officers to remove the bomb tethered over his chest and hanging from a locked, metal collar around his neck. He also told police he had been forced to rob the bank after having the bomb clamped onto him before dying when the bomb exploded as the officers waited for the bomb squad to arrive.


    My my my, this is getting more and more interesting!
  2. ballistic gelatin

    ballistic gelatin Member

    Feb 25, 2003
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