- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A bank robber who initially escaped by hailing a taxi has been sentenced to prison.

Willie Chestnut Jr. received a two-year sentence Thursday in federal court in Newark. He had previously pleaded guilty.

The U.S. attorney’s office says the 62-year-old Newark resident robbed a New York Community Bank branch in Newark in October 2013. Chestnut allegedly told a teller he needed to make a withdrawal but then demanded bills from the teller’s top drawer.

After fleeing the bank, Chestnut hailed a taxi. He was arrested a short time later wearing the same clothes he had worn in the robbery and carrying the money and withdrawal slip in his pocket.

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