Bank Robber Confesses to Crime, but Case Not Closed

POSTED: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 3:01pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 10:05am

Brownsville police say they have their man, but the case in not closed.

The suspect accused of robbing a Bank of America branch, in Brownsville Monday morning, has confessed to the crime, but police say they are still looking into the possibility of him having an accomplice.

The shackled man went before a Brownsville judge Wednesday, he is allegedly the same man who so calmly handed a bank teller a note demanding cash on Monday.

Police say at no point did 22 year old Martin Antonio Montoya brandish or reference that he had a weapon, but the fact that he put the bank teller in fear of bodily injury and ran out with the cash, is enough to charge him with the crime.

Within hours of the robbery, surveillance video was released, showing an all too clear picture of the suspect. A tipster ID'd Montoya and pointed authorities to his whereabouts.

It was at the Red Roof Inn off of Expressway 83 that police found Montoya along with several hundred dollars in cash. He was hauled off to the police station where he began talking.

During the arraignment an attorney with the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office advised the judge that Montoya did give a confession admitting to the robbery.

The judge originally set Montoya’s bond at 85-thousand dollars, the state quickly intervened asking it be set at one million. The presiding judge agreed to set Montoya’s bond at 250-thousand dollars. A court appointed attorney will be assigned to defend the accused.


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