Phoenix man gets 10 years behind bars for robbing bank with air gun

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PHOENIX – A Phoenix man was sentenced to a decade behind bars for robbing a bank one month after being released from prison.

Raul Rodriguez, Jr., 37, was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison and five years probation after entering a guilty plea on one count of armed bank robbery.

On January 20 of this year Rodriguez entered a Chase bank branch at 2837 N. 75th Avenue in Phoenix with a handgun and handed the teller a note that read, “Armor piercing bullets put money in bag.”

A news release from the Department of Justice indicates that when the teller hesitated, Rodriguez displayed the air gun. The teller handed over an unknown amount of cash and he fled the scene.

Police caught up with him a short time later. Rodriguez only managed to purchase a soda with the stolen money and police were able to recover all but $1.62 of the cash, as well as the air gun used in the robbery.

Rodriguez had been released from serving a 15-year prison sentence one month prior to the bank robbery.