Bank robbery suspect who cops say wore shirt with his name on it is formally charged

DENVER - A man accused of robbing a bank while wearing a shirt with his name on it and fleeing in his own car was formally charged Monday.

Police and FBI agents cracked the Denver bank robbery case in five hours -- but they had lots of help from the suspect.

According to court records, 68-year-old John David Martinez was wearing a black T-shirt with his first name on it when he entered the Wells Fargo bank at 1777 W. 38th Ave. just after 9 a.m. on July 22.

The man's next mistake was driving a silver Honda sedan that was registered in his name. Investigators soon identified Martinez as the suspect through the license plate, according to a police probable cause statement supporting the man's arrest.  

After being greeted by a female teller, the suspect, an older man with white hair and a salt-and-pepper beard, said, "This is a robbery, give me the money," the statement read.

He handed the teller a dark zippered bag, which she filled with money. Then he instructed the teller to hand the bag to the next teller, who added money to it.

"That's enough," the robber said.

Then he walked from the bank and took off in the Honda sedan.

An investigator identified the car owner as John David Martinez and obtained a copy of his driver's license photo, the statement said. The investigator noted that the DMV photo of Martinez matched surveillance video images of the man who robbed the Wells Fargo bank.

A bank teller also picked his photo out of a photo lineup.

Martinez is charged with two counts of robbery.  His bond was set at $5,000.

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