To hear Fall River’s William Sequeira — who has been sentenced but once more to federal jail on his newest string of financial institution robberies — inform it, the financial institution robbing life selected him.
“Ever seen the movie ‘The Town’? Well, that movie’s about me. Watch the movie, Ben Affleck plays me in the movie. That’s a true story,” Sequeira stated on the present “Caught in Providence,” which exhibits the proceedings of Providence, R.I., municipal choose Frank Caprio. “It’s about guys outta Charlestown, Boston who rob banks and armored trucks.”
At that very same November 2020 listening to over parking tickets, which the Herald reported on when Sequeira was initially charged with a string of financial institution robberies over the course of 9 days final 12 months, Sequeira estimated he had spent “over 37 years” of his life behind bars, between a 7-year stint in state courts and a 30-year keep in a federal pen for his financial escapades.
That quantity will climb to greater than 40 years for Sequeira, 60. On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Patti B. Saris sentenced him to 54 months — 4 ½ years — in federal jail for the string of robberies that started simply earlier than 2 p.m. on Sept. 26, 2022, within the Citizens Bank extension on the Stop and Shop grocery retailer in Fall River.
“Listen, this is what’s gonna happen,” Sequeira purportedly informed the clerk, in accordance with the prosecution’s sentencing memo, “I have a gun and I’ll put it against your forehead.”
That earned Sequeira $88, and would have gotten him extra if he didn’t flee the scene earlier than the teller might collect extra of the money, in accordance with the prosecution’s memo
Slightly after 2:35 p.m. the subsequent day, it was an identical story and an identical line: “Give me a $100 bill or I’ll put a bullet in your head,” Sequeira is alleged to have informed the teller on the Santander Bank on situated on Berkley Street in Boston. The teller handed him a stack of 5 $100s and one other stack of smaller payments making up $80 — however Sequeira left these and fled with the $500 solely.
Sequeira continued the subsequent day, this time at M&T Bank on Boylston Street in Boston at 4 p.m., with a line nearly precisely the identical as on the financial institution the day earlier than. Sequeira flipped by means of the three stacks of payments the teller gave him after which discarded a stack of $20s that included a monitoring system, in accordance with courtroom paperwork, leaving with $468.
He took at some point off earlier than taking up the TD Bank on Union Street in Boston a bit of after 3 p.m., the place he provided the teller a selection: “Give me all the $100s in the drawer before I blow your brains out.” He took of with $854.
The subsequent hit was to be that Oct. 5, the Citizens Bank department on Boylston Street in Boston, the place he as soon as once more threatened to place a brand new gap within the teller’s head in the event that they didn’t give him $100s. But the fuzz had been following him, and an obvious buyer was truly a BPD detective who tackled him.
It was a second he had apprehensive about throughout his encore look on Caught in Providence.
“You gotta worry about cops,” he stated of his profession. “We always had a stopwatch. I’d clock it, you’ve got 60 seconds to walk in the door because as soon as you’d walk in with guns and masks they’re hitting the alarms … It’s on; the cops are coming. You gotta go, grab, get out — that’s how you’ve gotta do it.”