For those who've forgotten the now-legendary tale of Nathan Wayne Pugh, a 49-year-old Sachse man, allow me to recap. On July 26, Pugh went into the Wells Fargo at 4332 Lemon Avenue carrying a bag from a fast-food restaurant. He walked up to the teller and told her, "I want to make a withdrawal." The teller responded: "How much do you want." At which point he put his bag on the counter and passed her a note, which read:
Look if you don't want to die then you should do as this note says This is not a bag of food This is a bom, so just put money in an envelope and do not make any move till after I have left for ten mintis.
Very Take the Money and Run. Anyway. The terrified teller remained calm and sharp enough to tell Pugh that, sorry, but before she could give him the money she needed to see some identification. At which point, per the U.S. Attorney's Office, "Pugh gave the teller his Wells Fargo debit card." The teller asked: Did he have a second form of ID? Why, yes -- his State of Texas identification card, which he also handed over.
"When Pugh turned away from the teller station to leave the bank, he saw uniformed Dallas Police officers at the main entrance," recounts the feds' press release. "Pugh then approached a female bank customer, who was standing in the lobby with her child in her arms, and attempted to put her in a chokehold. They struggled and fell to the floor before officers entered the bank and took Pugh into custody." Which is where he's been ever since.
And now he's going to prison: Pugh was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay, who gave the would-be bank robber 102 months in federal prison -- a sentence, says the U.S. Attorney's Office, that is "to run consecutively to the 25-year sentences for the two aggravated robberies for which he was on parole when he committed this bank robbery." Jack Foley he ain't.
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