Authorities have a West Palm Beach man in custody who they say took back his demand note from a bank teller and now faces federal charges of attempted bank robbery.
According to a criminal complaint filed March 1, authorities say Daniel Saintil, 21, entered a BB&T bank in Royal Palm Beach on Feb. 1 and asked a teller if he could cash a check for $8,700. The teller said prior notice was needed to cash a check of that sum. Saintil then asked to cash a check for $5,000 to which the teller gave the same response.
That’s when things got quirky.
Saintil, of West Palm Beach, handed the teller a note which read, “Give me $15,000 in 100s now or you will die,” the complaint says. The teller told him to wait a minute, which either changed his mind or brought his senses back.
He asked for the note back then left the bank.
Three days later, authorities interviewed a corrections officer at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The officer looked at still photos from surveillance footage of several recent bank robberies, including the attempted one Feb. 1 at BB&T. The officer identified Saintil as his stepson’s half-brother.
Fingerprints from the bank’s counter were run through an FBI database which resulted in a match with Saintil, who has several felony arrests in Palm Beach County since 2007. The most recent was Oct. 18.
He faces attempted robbery charges from the Feb. 1 incident.
He had previously been arrested on charges of burglary, dealing in stolen property, theft of firearm, criminal mischief and drug possession. He was released on bond from the Palm Beach County Jail on Dec. 12.