Unmasked: Bank Robber Allegedly Includes Name, Address in Demand Note

Cleveland Division of the FBI
Cleveland Division of the FBI

Michael Harrell’s alleged robbery attempt on Monday came with a convenient list of his personal information.

When the 54-year-old man walked into a Cleveland branch of “US Bank,” he allegedly slipped a teller a note demanding money — on the back of a paper from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. One that contained his full name and home address.

The teller referred to Harrell by name as she fulfilled his request, then called 911 shortly after. Harrell’s identity was easily confirmed by security footage, and a warrant was immediately issued for his arrest.

FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson said that this is not a unique occurrence. “We’ve had individuals drop cell phones that have all their identifying information in it,” the special agent said, continuing:

A lot of times, we’re sending out pictures, we have no idea who this person could be or what part of town they could be from. And when you present a note that has your name already on it, and address, it helps law enforcement tremendously.

As you might expect, Harrell has since been arrested. And while he will reportedly plead “not guilty” to his crime, there is no word on whether he will be serving as defense or prosecution on his day in court.


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