WEST PALM BEACH
-- A man in search of fast cash is facing federal criminal charges after he admitted to authorities that he robbed a Boynton Beach bank last week and thought he was being shot at when the dye back exploded.
Francisco L. Corchado faces a charge of bank robbery. Investigators say he admitted to robbing the TD Bank located at 1601 W. Boynton Beach Boulevard after 2 p.m. Thursday.
His rent payment was due that day and he didn’t have enough cash to pay it. Corchado’s girlfriend Evelyn Vazquez asked him to pick up her daughter from school that day. He had a few hours to kill and drove around looking for a bank to rob, he told investigators.
He waited in line inside the TD Bank until it was his turn. When the bank teller called him up he handed over a note that read, “Don’t be a hero, give me money,” according to an FBI criminal complaint.
A second teller looked at him and he said, “Don’t be stupid. Don’t be a hero.”
Corchado, in sunglasses, a baseball cap and a orange jacket, left the bank with $912 in a bag along with a dye pack and a bait bill.
The dye pack exploded, emitting orange smoke, and Corchado thought he was being shot at when he heard the noise.
A witness saw Corchado running from the bank to a blue 2006 Chevrolet Sedan that was registered to Vazquez.
Investigators responded to Vazquez’s Lantana Road address and say Corchado walked outside of the apartment building.
He put his hands up in the air and informed investigators that he had a gun on him. Investigators found the gun and determined it was a toy gun.