Feds: Suspect admits he’s ‘Merrimack Valley Bandit’
A 32-year-old Lowell man — busted Tuesday in Salem, N.H., on armed robbery charges — admitted to a spree of bank robberies that earned him the nickname “Merrimack Valley Bandit,” authorities said yesterday.
Rafael Beamud Jr. made an initial appearance yesterday in U.S. District Court in Boston but was not required to make a plea, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He is charged with armed bank robbery only in connection with the brazen evening assault Feb. 21 on a Methuen TD Bank on Broadway Street, authorities said, the latest in a series of bank heists.From looking at some of the surveillance photos and videos, I wasn't sure it was a real firearm he was using. Apparently it was, but he didn't know a damn thing about guns:
Travaglia said the man who robbed the bank Feb. 21 approached a teller with a semi-automatic hand gun, pulled the slide back, which ejected a bullet, then picked up the cartridge.IOW, he's at the intersection of "dumb" and "ass".
At least he'll be looking at a mandatory year in jail for violating Bartley-Fox. What? Stop laughing! Even better, he flashed a NH license when he got pulled over, so if he purchased his firearm in NH, he's in for ALL kinds of legal nightmares with regards to buying a firearm out of state/etc. He's handing the state plenty of bargaining chips to use when they go to get him to plead, that's for sure.
One thing I wish the news would do better/more frequently would be to follow-up on these stories a few months/years later to show what happened. Of course, then they'd have to report that the criminal got a slap on the wrist, with gun charges dropped and the remaining charges pled out to jaywalking, and a sentence of 50 "I'm Sorry"s...
Not that I'm cynical or anything...
That is all.