BROOKLYN, New York ~ (NY Daily News) ~ The FBI has arrested a bank robber who posted pictures of his ill-gotten booty on Facebook and changed his name to “Willie Sutton Jr”.
According to an affidavit unsealed on Tuesday, September 6th, 23-year-old Jesse Hippolite was ordered to be held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center. Hippolite is charged with three counts of bank robbery and also suspected in sixteen other cases. FBI investigators claim Hippolite’s crime spree started to unravel on July 1st when an employee at the Chase Bank, on Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn, took down the first three letters of the license plate on a Nissan Altima. Only one car in the state had the three letter combination, Hippolite’s Nissan Altima getaway car.
FBI agent Bradford Rice said Hippolite also offered incriminating clues on the social media website Facebook, with the most obvious tip being a picture of himself holding what appears to be a large sum of cash. On July 1st Hippolite also posted the tell-tale update, “I Gotta Get That $$$ Man!!!” a mere 47 minutes before the Chase Bank robbery. Also, on July 29th, Hippolite posted, “What If We All Got Fed Up With This Recession And Started Running Inside Every Fucking Bank TO Give Us The Money That Belongs To Us???”
Hippolite also changed his Facebook name to “Willie Sutton Jr” in tribute to notorious bank robber Willie Sutton who once said he robbed banks, “because that’s where the money is”. The original Sutton, who was caught in 1952 and died three decades ago, was a master of disguise while Hippolite favored bandanas and hooded sweatshirts to conceal his identity. Also, Hippolite’s total take of $32,000 from his crime spree is a far cry from Sutton’s $2 million haul.
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