Boston Police report an officer working a detail prevented a man with a long record of not being very good at bank robbery from robbing the City of Boston Credit Union on Spring Street this afternoon.
Police say Richard Cassano, 51, currently of Dorchester, but formerly of Roslindale, parked his car behind the credit union shortly before 4 p.m. and then walked in wearing a mask and carrying a bag.
Unfortunately for him, a detail cop was outside and spotted him up to no good, police say:
When the officer observed him enter, she instructed him to remove the mask to which he responded, “You give me your gun…” The officer declined and instead repeated her verbal commands to the suspect. After a brief standoff, not knowing if a weapon was inside the bag, the officer ripped it out of the suspect’s hand at which time he fled on foot out of the bank.
She watched him jump into his car and race away. She radioed for help, jumped in a captain's car and they caught up with Cassano at Spring and Baker streets, police say:
As the officers approached the suspect vehicle, he immediately opened the driver’s side door and put his hands in the air at which time he was taken into custody without further incident. It was later determined that the suspect did not possess a valid driver’s license and the car he was operating had been reported stolen.
Cassano was charged with attempting to commit a crime, attempted robbery, receiving stolen property and operating without a license, police say.
His arrest comes five months after he was arrested on charges he robbed a bank in Cumberland, RI.
In 2014, he was ordered to spend a year in federal prison for violating parole on a conviction for robbing a bank in Middleborough in 2002. The order to report to federal prison came after he was arrested for trying to steal a car from Norwood car dealership.