Police identify suspect in cross-dressing West Manchester Twp. bank robbery
Police are seeking the man who they say robbed a West Manchester Township bank last week while dressed in women's clothing.
Karibe Toyonn Beatty, 22, of 61 N. Tremont St., will face charges of three counts of robbery and one count of theft by unlawful taking — all of which are felonies, according to the criminal complaint filed on Friday against him. There is a warrant out for his arrest.
Police allege Beatty walked into the Members 1st Federal Credit Union at 2145 White St. wearing a long-sleeved black blouse, dark sunglasses and a curly black wig at 3:14 p.m. Sept. 3.
According to documents, he went up to a teller and "threw" — as the teller put it — a note at her that demanded money and in part read: "Hit alarm u die!"
He took a wad of bills from the teller and ran out the door, but apologized as he did so, saying "I'm sorry," to the teller, she told police, documents state.
Police sent video surveillance images of the robbery to the media shortly after it occurred, and three people got in touch with West Manchester Township Police, identifying the robber as Beatty, according to documents.
A York City Police detective who'd had dealings with him before called the township police up to let them know, as did a former neighbor, documents state. Another person recognized him and said it was clearly him because the surveillance video showed that the robber was missing the tip of his right index finger, which the caller said was the case with Beatty, according to documents.
Police contacted Beatty's probation officer, who identified Beatty after being shown the photos. Beatty was previously arrested in January and charged with robbing a woman at gunpoint in a hotel room.
Anyone with any information about Beatty or the robbery should call the department at 792-9514.
— Reach Sean Cotter at firstname.lastname@example.org.