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Police: Man tries to rob bank of $1 in prison bid

NORTHERN CAMBRIA — A man tried to rob a Pennsylvania bank of $1 because he hoped to be sent to a federal prison nearby, police said.

Jeffrey McMullen, a 50-year-old regular customer of an AmeriServ bank in the western Pennsylvania town of Northern Cambria, handed notes to two tellers Friday demanding a dollar, according to a police complaint reported by The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown.

The tellers thought it was a joke, police said. The man then spoke with a new-accounts employee and repeated he was robbing the bank for a buck.

Police said Mr. McMullen apparently wanted to be prosecuted federally so he could be taken to a prison in central Pennsylvania. Police could not immediately say why.

Mr. McMullen awaits a preliminary hearing.

From wire dispatches and staff reports