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South Carolina man tried to rob bank in taxi, feds say

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A woman gets into a taxi outside Penn Station in New York in January 2008. A South Carolina man was sentenced to six years in prison after prosecutors said he used a taxi to try to rob a bank drive-thru in Hartsville.

A woman gets into a taxi outside Penn Station in New York in January 2008. A South Carolina man was sentenced to six years in prison after prosecutors said he used a taxi to try to rob a bank drive-thru in Hartsville.

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A taxi ride went wrong for a taxi driver after his passenger tried to rob a bank while driving from his back seat in South Carolina, prosecutors said.

Now the passenger is going to jail.

Angel Luis Masdeu, 59, of Hartsville, about 70 miles northeast of Columbia, was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to attempted bank robbery, court records show.

Masdeu’s defense attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from McClatchy News on May 4.

On February 25, 2021, Masdeu took a taxi to South State Bank in Hartsville, according to court documents.

When the taxi arrived at the bank, Masdeu asked the driver to enter the drive-thru line and pass an envelope to the bank teller, according to a May 3 press release from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office. from South Carolina.

Prosecutors said the envelope contained a note asking for “all money in all drawers” and threatening to “kill and/or break the bank”.

The bank teller immediately activated the alarm and Hartsville Police Department officers quickly arrived on the scene, the statement said.

Prosecutors said police found several other envelopes matching the one Masdeu used inside the taxi. Authorities said the taxi driver was not involved in the theft.

Masdeu was sentenced to six years in federal prison for one count of attempted robbery, followed by three years of supervised release, according to court records.

Cassandre Coyer is a McClatchy national real-time reporter covering the Southeast while based in Washington DC. She is an alumnus of Emerson College in Boston and joined McClatchy in 2022. Previously she has written for The Christian Science Monitor, RVA Mag, The Untitled Magazine and Suite.