LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) – A man who says he was “off his meds” was arrested Friday after police say he robbed a bank, only to call 911 to have himself apprehended.
Matthew Ramero, 41, of Santa Fe, N.M., is charged with burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon and robbery with use of a deadly weapon.
According to the Metro police report, Ramero said he was “very upset” after a recent divorce and decided to travel to Las Vegas. He arrived Wednesday at Circus Circus but checked out Friday. He said he was still depressed, his medication for mental illness was not working and he wanted to “go away from a while.”
Ramero, according to the report, wrote the stick-up note at the Circus Circus concierge desk. He then took a cab to U.S. Bank near Sahara and Rancho.
The teller said the suspect passed a hand-written note that said, “This is a bank robbery. I have a knife in my pocket don’t want to use it. Please call police. I am so very sorry … don’t mean to scare you.”
The teller complied, giving the suspect about $1,000, and then activated the silent alarm. When the suspect left, the teller called police.
Ramero, according to police, also called 911 upon exiting the bank. He told the call taker that he had robbed a bank, he had a knife and was in the parking lot of the business. When an officer approached, Ramero said he was the bank robber.
Ramero is being held on $60,000 bail. A hearing is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Sept. 10.