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May 2, 2013

Police: Robber's note said he had gun

Bank photo published in Eagle-Tribune leads to arrest

HAVERHILL — Police said Jose Alberto Camacho handed a bank teller a note indicating he had a gun, that he wasn’t afraid to use it, and that he had nothing to live for.

Camacho, 24, was in Haverhill District Court yesterday, where he faced a charge of armed robbery of Pentucket Bank on Merrimack Street. Police arrested Camacho on Tuesday following an investigation. They listed him as homeless.

Police said a man wearing a dark blue Boston Red Sox baseball cap walked into the bank at 35 Merrimack St. at 11:12 a.m. on Saturday and robbed with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect handed a note to the teller demanding money, left through the front door and ran away, police said.

“Stay completly (sic) calm and normal,” the note given to the teller read. “I have a gun and I will use it. You have 10 seconds to put the money in the bag I hand you. No dye packs or you die. No alarms, big bills only. I have nothing to live for, don’t try me.”

During the investigation, a woman told police that Camacho had been staying at her apartment on Summer Street and that she recognized him in the bank surveillance photo because it showed a man wearing black fingerless gloves. She said Camacho wore gloves like that much of the time, according to police.

The bank provided police with still photos from the robbery showing the suspect wearing black fingerless gloves and a zipper-up jacket with a hood, dark pants and dark shoes. Police released the photo and it was published in Sunday’s Eagle-Tribune, resulting in several tips that the man in the image lived on Summer Street, investigators said.

Camacho’s court-appointed defense lawyer, Kristin Lummus, told Judge Patricia Dowling that Camacho preferred not to be photographed during yesterday’s court hearing. Dowling responded by saying the hearing was an open process and that Camacho would take part in it.

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