Alleged bank robber posts evidence on Instagram, says he asked ‘politely’ and didn’t steal

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Dominyk Antonio Alfonseca, 23

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- A Virginia man was arrested on Monday after he allegedly robbed a bank and posted videos and a photo of the bank robbery on Instagram.

Dominyk Antonio Alfonseca, 23, walked into the Townebank on Constitution Drive in Virginia Beach on Monday and handed the teller a note demanding money, according to police.

Alfonseca was arrested less than 30 minutes later. However, before he was taken into custody, he posted two videos of the bank robbery and a photo of the note he gave the teller to Instagram.

Alfonseca talked to WTKR on Wednesday and admitted he walked into the bank, but he denies "stealing" from the bank. Alfonseca claims he "politely" asked for the money in his note and the bank teller could have said no.

The note Alfonseca gave the teller apparently read:

"I Need $150,000 Bands Right Now!! Please Police take 3 to 4 minutes to get here, I would appreciate if you Ring the alarm a minute after I am gone... make sure the money doesn't blow up on my way out. :-)

Alfonseca insists he's not responsible for stealing from the bank and claims the bank gave him the money.

"It was clutch time for her... and she had to make the shot. Shoot it, or not shoot it. It either goes in or it doesn't. She could've said 'no,' and I could have left," Alfonseca told WTKR. When asked if he would have left, he said "Of course. What else would I do?"

During his interview with WTKR, Alfonseca also offered shoutouts to Michelle Obama, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

Alfonseca is scheduled to be in court for a preliminary hearing on June 12.

2 comments

  • He's an idiot but may get off with nothing one serious than a grand larceny conviction or his argument could result in him winning

    He didn’t commit robbery. At most he committed grand larceny which does not require the threat of force he does have a good legal argument that he did not engage in larceny since it would require several elements to be present.

    First, the act of takeing must be unlawful. Second, he must carry the stolen items away and he must have intent to personally deprive the owners of their property permanently. Depending on how his legal team if they are stupid enough to try this defense approach it. They will need to prove one thing which is that she is an agent of the owners of the bank notes and her act of consent made it a lawful taking and carrying away. Lacking threat or commission of force she would have been free to refuse until such force was demonstrated therefore she voluntarily as an agent of the owners of the bank notes turned those notes over to him. She essentially gifted them to him. If a homeless guy walks up to my wife, hands her a note asking for money and does not threaten violence and she gives him money that was mine. My choice to give her physical custody of my money made her my agent and as my agent others have the right to assume her consent is sufficient. The homeless guy can’t fear charges of larceny by accepting the money he asked for since he never took it or threatened harm if it wasn’t given to him. Therefore any crime committed would be by my agent.

    This is the basic legal argument that he needs to make.

    A) he asked for money
    B) he didn’t threaten or commit acts of violence against the person he asked it from
    C) the person was the owner or an agent of the owner and/or he had sufficient reasons to believe they were the rightful owner or an agent of the owbers
    D) the owner, agent or custodian of the property voluntarily consented and gave permission for him to take and carry away the property

    The most serious charge he can be convicted of is grand larceny and he may actually be able to make the argument that it wasn’t even grand larceny because he never threatened or committed violence against her. He has a case in arguing that her state of mind doing I’d not his responsibility (ie if a customer asks to withdraw Chris dollars from their account and she misread the account balance and gave it to them they didn’t commit larceny by asking for more than I their account)

    The unlawful taking and carrying away of the personal property of another, without force and without consent, and with intent to permanently deprive the owner of it. (Source:

    • ANOTHERBOB

      Yes, this bank robber is an idiot, yes the idiot took money he knew did not belong to him, yes he’ll be charged with bank robbery., and no, the jury won’t buy his defense.

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