Victim Speaks About Frightening Armed Robbery Attempt
The victim of Tuesday's attempted armed robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank on New Falls Road recounts his story to Patch. He also relayed a warning to locals.
A 34-year-old Levittown man calls this past Tuesday night one of the “scariest of his life.”
The man, whose name is being withheld out of concerns for his safety, had guns pointed at his head by two males wearing sweatpants, hodded sweatshirts and dark colored bandannas over their faces.
All the victim says he was trying to do was deposit a check and withdrawn some gas money from the 24/7 ATM at the Wells Fargo branch on New Falls Road in Bristol Township. He had just finished a shift at his second job.
“It's like the Wild West out there,” the man said. “It’s scary what people will do for a quick buck.”
The victim saw the subjects display two handguns; he was later was able to retrieve his ATM card and check without personal loss, Bristol police Lieutenant Gaetano Sava Jr. said.
Police have not announced arrests related to the incident.
The man told Patch he pulled away from the ATM after he saw guns. Next, the shocked man says he stopped his car and looked to see where the would-be robbers had gone.
He recounted how one of the bandanna-wearing men stood at a small opening between two fences that lead to Plumtree Turn in the Plumbridge section and pointed a gun at him. At that point, the 34-year-old began slamming on his horn and dialing police.
When officers arrived, they searched the area and found a group of possible suspects, but the victim said he was unable to confirm if they were the ones who tried to rob him.
“You don’t realize how many people wear sweatpants and sweatshirts until you need to,” he said with a slight chuckle.
The man also suspects a group of people hanging out in the Plumbridge area at the time of the incident know who the two gun-wielding men are.
The 34-year-old said he asked the bank to close the gap between fences to try to make the drive-thru ATM more secure. As of Friday, it remained opened.
“My advice,” he said, “Don’t go to an ATM at night. I know I’m not.”