The Cops Were Closing in on Accused Bank Robber Rudolph Casillas, So Naturally He Bought Some Beer

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Carrollton Police Department
You can almost pinpoint the exact moment Rudolph Casillas realized he wasn't going to get the cash. The note ("Give me all the money I have a gun") and firearm (actually a pellet gun purchased a few minutes before, but no one had to know that) seemed to work well enough. But then the teller disappeared into the back, explaining that he'd left his cash drawer at the drive-thru window, and didn't return, leaving Casillas' repeated shouts of "Hey, sir!?" echoing through the lobby of Capital One Bank on Old Denton Road in Carrollton on Saturday.

Casillas left the building empty-handed, but not before the teller had activated the bank's alarm system and scrawled a note explaining the situation, which he pressed against the window for the drive-thru customers to see. Carrollton police were on alert nearby when they spotted Casillas' truck leaving the parking lot.

The would-be bank robber led officers on a one-and-a-half-mile chase, the vehicular portion of which ended when his truck stopped running after slamming into several cars in a Target parking lot.

The basic details of the attempted robbery and subsequent chase were mentioned briefly over the weekend by The Dallas Morning News and CBS 11, but those reports leave out what happened in the store. For that, we turn to a federal criminal complaint filed yesterday against Casillas.

Casillas then fled on foot, removed his shirt, and entered a Target store. While in Target, Casillas put on a shirt from the store, purchased beer and attempted to walk out of the store. [Carrollton Police Department] officers recognized Casillas and took him into custody.

It's worth pausing for a second to mull that one over. Casillas, in the middle of an intense police chase, takes a time out to buy a beer. Maybe he realized he wouldn't be getting another taste of freedom for a long while. Maybe he was thinking something like They'll never suspect the beer guy!

Unfortunately for Casillas, it doesn't look like he ever got to take a sip before he was arrested by Carrollton police. He is slated to remain in federal custody pending trial.

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22 comments
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Good thing he didn't run into an Enchilada's.  The cops would have stopped for a nosh.

J_A_
J_A_

Too bad he didn't run into a wig & trench coat shop.

Joe Downey
Joe Downey

heck might be the last beer he has for a while hope he enjoyed it

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

It's spelled "Capital One," Eric. "Capitol" is the spelling for the word that refers to the building in Austin that houses the Legislature and the building where Congress meets in D.C. Let's get you an AP Stylebook. You're welcome.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

This evasion technique always works in the movies.

Blake Wilson
Blake Wilson

Not sure where you live but the Targets in my area sell beer. One even has a real beer section; but all Rudolpho wanted was another pull off of a Bud Light before he went away.

Blake Wilson
Blake Wilson

still alive, not eligible unfortunately.

Blake Wilson
Blake Wilson

He tried to blend in. What else, besides hitting the kids costume section for a disguise, should he have done?

Jennifer Richert
Jennifer Richert

he musta heard that trader joe's doesn't keep any on ice.

Carlos G Beltran II
Carlos G Beltran II

TARGET.....for beer? he needs to go to jail just for that weird choice.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu topcommenter

@Montemalone  Rudolph to teller: 'look, i'm gonna run over to Target while you're getting that money. back in 15!'

2DollaHolla
2DollaHolla

@Esteban Mainzer & one flying burrito to go

2DollaHolla
2DollaHolla

@Blake Wilson now he can get as many pulls off his bud's in the clink he can handle ;)

rzimmerman1
rzimmerman1

@Carlos G Beltran II 

But doesn't he get a few style points for slamming his truck into the parked cars?

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