Hyde Park Man Pleads Guilty To Robbing Bank With What Looked Like A Rifle

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Hyde Park man pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to robbing a local bank with what appeared to be a rifle.

59-year-old Paul Whooten of Hyde Park pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery for holding up a Rockland Trust bank on Truman Parkway using a BB gun that looked like a rifle in 2019, according to U.S Attorney Andrew Lelling's office.

On December 21, 2019, Whooten walked into the bank and pointed the supposed rifle at the bank teller and said, "Give me all your money," U.S Attorney Lelling's office said.

Officials said the teller then filled a bag with cash and Whooten fled on foot. The Department of Justice said the teller filled Whooten's bag with $13,603 in cash.

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A police officer stationed in the bank send out a description of the robber. Shortly after, another officer saw a man matching the description walking down Truman Parkway and placed Whooten under arrest. The officer recovered the bag of cash and a black rifle-type BB gun, Attorney Lelling's office said in a statement.

Surveillance cameras at the bank captured pictures of Whooten throughout the robbery. He was charged in February of 2020.

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