Confessed robber: Credit union holdup was 'a cry for help'

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Confessed robber Ahmahd Jackson told 3TV's Mike Watkiss he was not armed and did not want anybody to get hurt. (Source: 3TV) Confessed robber Ahmahd Jackson told 3TV's Mike Watkiss he was not armed and did not want anybody to get hurt. (Source: 3TV)
Jackson got out of prison in March after serving more than seven years for a string of armed robberies. (Source: 3TV) Jackson got out of prison in March after serving more than seven years for a string of armed robberies. (Source: 3TV)
Police arrested Jackson shortly after he robbed a Credit Union West Monday morning. (Source: 3TV) Police arrested Jackson shortly after he robbed a Credit Union West Monday morning. (Source: 3TV)
"I know something is mentally wrong with me," Jackson said. (Source: 3TV) "I know something is mentally wrong with me," Jackson said. (Source: 3TV)

"A cry for help." That's how confessed robber Ahmahd Jackson describes his holdup of a Glendale credit union Monday morning.

During a jailhouse interview Wednesday, the father of three told me he "wanted to be caught" in hopes of getting the mental health care that he says he desperately needs.

Just after the Credit Union West on North 67th Avenue opened for business Monday, the 31-year-old Virginia native admits he entered wearing a wig and a hat and robbed the place.

Employees alerted police by triggering a panic alarm.

An unidentified motorist then followed Jackson's getaway car and called 911. The motorist then gave police dispatchers a running narrative of Jackson's direction of travel. Police pulled him over and arrested him without incident a short time later.

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During our candid conversation, Jackson acknowledged that he had just gotten out of prison in March after spending more than seven years behind bars for the armed robberies of several Valley check-cashing businesses.

Jackson, however, said he was not armed during Monday's robbery. He said he did not want anyone to get hurt and merely wanted to get himself "off the streets."

"I know something is mentally wrong with me," Jackson told me. "I'm not hiding it. I know I have mental problems. I have something completely screwed up in my brain that I need help with."

"And if you don't get help?" I asked.

"This is going to continue to happen," he said.

Click the video above to watch the entire interview.

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