Recently, the law enforcement authorities from Malvern, Pennsylvania, have tracked down and arrested a 25-years old drug addict who robbed the Malvern Federal Savings Bank using his discharge papers.
The suspect, identified as being 25-years old Jamal Goodwin, was apprehended on Tuesday and is now charged with theft by unlawful taking, possessing an instrument of a crime, and armed robbery.
According to the police affidavits, on the same day Goodwin robbed the bank, he checked out of the Chester County Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center, where he was admitted for his drug addiction. Before exiting the rehab center, the man took his discharge papers and a gym bag containing sports apparel.
After leaving the clinic, Goodwin went straight to the Malvern Federal Savings Bank, situated on West Kind Street. According to the police, Goodwin reached the Malvern Bank at approximately 1 pm.
Entering the bank, Goodwin went straight to the teller and handed him his discharge papers. The suspect wrote on the back of the paper the message ‘all the money’ along with something about possessing a firearm which he would be more than willing to use if the teller won’t comply.
Fearing for his life, the teller gave Goodwin approximately $5,000 in cash. The suspect took a cab and instructed the driver to drop him somewhere between Allegheny Avenue and A Street. Meanwhile, the teller from the Malvern Federal Savings Bank reported the heist to the local authorities and told them that the suspect was seen leaving in cab belonging to the Main Line Taxi.
The law enforcement officers identified the cab driver who picked up Goodwin and a search warrant was issued for the car.
Upon examining the vehicles, the authorities discovered the gym bag belonging to Goodwin. The bag contained two sweatshirts, half of the money stolen from the bank, and Goodwin’s wallet which contained his driver’s license.
On Tuesday, a joint team of officers from Tredyffrin, Willistown, East Whiteland, with the assistance of the Chester County Detectives, tracked down and apprehended the suspect at his house.
For his crimes, Jamal Goodwin was charged with unlawful taking, armed robbery, and possessing the instrument of a crime. The Magisterial District Judge Thomas Tartaglio remanded the prisoner to the Chester County Prison since the convict failed to pay his $200,000 bail.
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