Soldotna man attempts unarmed bank robbery

David Richardson, 54, of Soldotna, attempted Friday night to rob a Wells Fargo in Soldotna, according to authorities.

Police responded to a 911 call at 5:29 p.m., Soldotna Police Department Sgt. Duane Kant said. Richardson was unarmed and no one was injured, Kant said.

Before the bank teller triggered the facility’s silent alarm, Richardson had walked to the counter and provided his driver license and Wells Fargo debit card, Kant said.

“He also passed the teller a note: ‘This is a robbery. Please put the money in the bag. Don’t worry, I don’t have a gun,’” Kant said. 

After activating the silent alarm, the clerk slid Richardson over the counter a one dollar bill, Kant said.

Richardson then sat and waited for police in the bank’s lobby, Kant said. He was in a chair when the police arrived, Kant said.

Richardson told the police, after being read his rights, that he had “some issues” and attempted to rob the bank so he could be apprehended and given help, Kant said.

Kant said he did not know how many customers were in the bank during the attempted robbery.

Richardson waits in Wildwood Pretrial Facility, Kant said. 

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