VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A man accused of robbing the TowneBank on Constitution Drive Monday afternoon posted videos of the robbery on social media, as well as a picture of the note he handed a teller.
Police say 23-year-old Dominyk Antonio Alfonseca walked into the bank and handed the teller a note, asking for $150,000, “please.”
“I decided to go to the bank … She gave me money, and I left,” Alfonseca told WAVY.com during a jailhouse interview Wednesday.
But before he left the bank, Alfonseca did something surprising — he recorded the incident on his cell phone and put two videos and a picture of the note online. The videos show the teller pulling out stacks of cash and placing the money in a bag.
“I posted the video on my Instagram,” Alfonseca said from jail. “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.”
Alfonseca was picked up by officers 20 minutes after he left the bank. Police say he was found with a gym bag full of money, but Alfonseca claims what he did wasn’t a crime.
“A robbery is going in and demanding something and taking the money,” he said. “I didn’t do that.”
Alfonseca said he moved back to the area two weeks ago, from California. He said he is rapper. 10 On Your Side asked him if he robbed the bank to get attention.
“Maybe my Instagram is under exposure,” he said. “A lot of exposure. There are a lot of things on my Instagram that have nothing to do with what happened.”
Alfonseca does believe he will be found innocent in court.
“Police told me, ‘we are just doing our job,’ and I don’t think they even believe there was a crime,” Alfonseca said.
He will make his next court appearance June 12 for a preliminary hearing.