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article imageFirefighter allegedly robs bank, leaves teller $20 tip

By Leigh Goessl     Apr 15, 2012 in Crime
Dallas - In an unusual turn of events, a man allegedly robbed a Texas bank, then turned around and tipped the bank teller he'd just stolen from, according to media reports.

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According to the Consumerist, the man robbed a branch of Chase Bank late in the afternoon of Apr. 10 and asked to use the restroom.
Next he is alleged to have approached the bank teller, stating, "Give me all the money", repeatedly. She eventually complied and he handed her back $20, saying "Here is a tip for you."
KENS News 5 reported the man accused of robbing the bank is 37-year-old Jesus Ventura, and is a fireman in the city of Dallas.
Last month Ventura was placed on leave after an earlier arrest for taking a high-powered rifle into Dallas Fire-Rescue's Station 45 and firing the weapon, NBC DFW News reported.
No one was hurt in that incident, and Ventura was released on $1,500 bond for that misdemeanor charge.
It seems since being released he has allegedly turned to robbery. After the Chase Bank heist, police caught Ventura as he was purportedly trying to rob a gas station, KENS News reported.
Last week Ventura reportedly said to a federal judge he is suffering from anxiety, depression and has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He also noted he stopped taking his medications and was having problems in his marriage. NBC DFW reported when the court asked for his address, he "repeatedly" gave his date of birth in response.
"It's unfortunate we are here with this issue," Dallas Police Chief David Brown had said. "We can't have any of this happening without appropriate investigation, no matter what the person's position is with the city."
The Dallas Observer reported Ventura walked out of the bank with $1,900.
Currently Ventura is on paid administrative leave from the fire department and will remain so until the charges against him are resolved. If convicted, the firefighter faces up to 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.
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