Man Arrested After Attempting To Rob A Bank While Wearing 'Obvious' Blackface As A Disguise

Man Arrested After Attempting To Rob A Bank While Wearing 'Obvious' Blackface As A Disguise

Jerrad Schmittle bailed on his heist before getting any money.

Published 6 days ago

A California man was arrested after being caught on surveillance camera attempting to rob a bank while in blackface.

On Wednesday, Jerrad Schmittle, 40, was arrested for the August heist after investigators with the Riverside County sheriff’s office gathered evidence to serve a warrant, reported East Bay Times.

Schmittle is accused of going to a Wells Fargo in Corona, Calif., while wearing “obvious dark make-up to disguise his appearance.” While at the bank, he gave the teller a note that demanded money and said he had a gun.

After waiting a brief moment, Schmittle ran away without getting any money, sheriff’s officials told East Bay Times. A silent alarm was activated during Schmittle’s attempted robbery.

It remains unknown if Schmittle's blackface was used so police would search for a Black man instead or if was just the world's worst attempt at a disguise. 

Schmittle was booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center in French Valley.

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: FBI)

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