Man, 78, suspected of robbing Midway area bank arrested

Police: Man threatened to throw acid

SAN DIEGO - A 78-year-old man suspected of robbing a Midway area bank was arrested a short time later, according to the FBI.

The FBI said the incident happened just after 1 p.m. at the Comerica Bank in the 3300 block of Rosecrans Street.

According to FBI, the suspected robber, identified as Dale Jenkins, entered the bank wearing a black suit, white shirt, red tie, glasses and fedora-style hat.

The FBI said Jenkins approached a teller and demanded money. San Diego police said Jenkins told the teller he would throw acid in her face if she did not cooperate.

After leaving the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash, Jenkins was apprehended in front of a nearby fast food restaurant.

After the robbery, police said Jenkins walked casually down the sidewalk nearby, pulling a black rolling suitcase behind him.

"I guess they come in all shapes and sizes," said San Diego police Lt. Darryl Hoover. "He chose to wear a suit today."

10News reporter Allison Ash briefly spoke to Jenkins following his arrest, and he told her he is a homeless military veteran who considered robbing banks "a hobby." Jenkins also said he is the "last surviving atomic attack gunman."

The suspect claimed he has robbed seven banks, and said he robbed the Comerica because he needed the money.

"Why do you rob so many banks?" Ash asked.

"Why not?" Jenkins responded with a grin on his face.

"Somebody needs to take care of the veterans in this country," he added, before being put in the back of a patrol car.

No injuries were reported.

Jenkins was charged with one count of commercial robbery and is scheduled to appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge later this week.

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