Jesus Ventura, the Dallas Firefighter Accused of Robbing a Bank, Has Been Fired

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In less-than-surprising news, Dallas firefighter and paramedic Jesus Ventura, who in recent weeks has been accused of both bank robbery and waving a gun around in a firehouse, has been fired. Dallas-Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Joel Lavender says in a statement that the department's internal investigation into the allegations against Ventura ended in his termination.

Ventura's public troubles began on March 8, when police say he walked into Fire Station #45 with a holstered pistol, which at some point he took out and started waving around "in a reckless manner," as the police report puts it. Fellow firefighters and other witnesses moved in behind Ventura to take the gun. The gun went off, and Ventura fled. He was arrested March 15 at his home.

(DPD officials are now conducting their own internal investigation regarding the mechanics of that arrest; they're wondering why a cadre of officers from the Southwest Patrol Division came to arrest Ventura while Public Integrity was already working to secure his voluntary surrender, and why a Fox 4 crew just happened to be on the scene to catch the whole thing.)

After Ventura's release from jail, and while he was still on leave from the fire department, investigators say that on April 10 he walked into the Chase branch at 1881 Sylvan Ave. and told a clerk several times to "Give me all the money," while waving a black backpack at her. She complied, at which point he apparently peeled off a $20 and handed it back to her, with the words, "Here's a tip for you."

Police arrested Ventura a short time later at a nearby business, which he was also attempting to rob. Police recovered $1,900 in cash and the black backpack, but no weapon. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

DFR says there will be no further comment on Ventura, "due to pending criminal and federal investigations currently taking place."

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TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

You know, a $20 tip on a $1900 bank robbery, is only 1%. What a cheap tipper.

Jesse Ventura
Jesse Ventura

Yawn. I am so so sleepy. Why you waking me for?

Steve
Steve

The feather boa gave him away.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

I keep wanting to read his name as Jesse Ventura.

That would've been awesome.

Guest
Guest

I see the situation unfolding like this:

Ventura discovers that he blinked right as they took his official fireman photo, and when he asked his superiors if he could do it again, they refused. This led to him bringing his gun to the fire station and waving around, trying to get someone to agree to retake his photo.

As a result of that, the powers-that-be at the Fire Department said they'd reshoot the photo, but only at Ventura's expense. Since he'd spent all his money on the gun and, presumably, bail, he had to rob the bank to get the money for the photo retake.

Albert
Albert

He's Union, he'll be back with a raise and won't have to rob banks.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

When I first read the headline, I thought it said Jessie Ventura..I had plenty of jokes and quips prepared about wrestling and libertarianism...instead, its jesus, so i'll end it this way: 

Christ, this guy cant catch a break..Its like their nailing him up on the cross of public opinion...heres hoping 12 chosen men can help him out and noone tries to judas him out...

jamal
jamal

"He was a good kid."

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I thought he was given away when the teller gave him the money and he responded "OH YEAH BROTHER"

Jay
Jay

I'm shocked he wasn't placed on paid leave. If he worked for DISD or the DPD, that's what they would do, then a Review Board would reinstate him in about 18 months.

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