A Virginia man who posted footage of himself allegedly holding up a bank on Instagram claims it wasn't actually a robbery—because he was polite, didn't wear a mask and filmed the entire incident.
Dominyk Antonio Alfonseca was arrested just 20 minutes after his alleged heist of a TowneBank branch in Virginia Beach on Monday afternoon,reports The Virginian-Pilot.
The 23-year-old allegedly walked into the financial institution, which he told reporters he chose because it was the "fanciest" one around, and handed over a note.
"I need 150,000 Bands Right NOW!! Please Police take 3 to 4 minites to get here, I would appriceate if you Ring the alarm a minute after I am gone ... Make sure the money doesn't BLOW UP ON MY WAY OUT ;) (SIC)" it read.
He left with his loot, before bizarrely posting two clips and a photograph online of what he'd allegedly done.
The videos show the teller reading the note, and then pulling out stacks of cash and placing it into a bag. The picture features the demand letter.
Alfonseca was detained shortly after and charged with robbery.
But he claimed in an interview with WAVY-TV from city jail on Wednesday that what he did wasn't actually a crime.
He said the fact that he was polite and used "please" in the note, did not wear a mask and recorded the incident meant he was not guilty.
"I'm basically asking permission for money. In my eyes, I did not commit a robbery, and I feel I'm being charged without reason," he said.
"I posted the video on my Instagram. I videotaped it. If it was a robbery, I don't think I would videotape it, post the picture of the letter and do that all to come to jail," he added.
Alfonseca refused to reveal why he'd gone to the bank and demanded he speak directly with the President. He also gave shoutouts to Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.
He allegedly passed the teller this note before posting it on instagram.