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    Deputy constable fools bank robbery suspect
    By: HARRY YANOSHAK (Tue, Jul/04/2006)

    William Wallace said the man in the red T-shirt and matching shorts was in a hurry Monday morning.

    “Why are you sweating?” Wallace, a deputy constable for Lower Southampton, asked after stopping the man on Woodbine and Desire avenues.

    “Just played baseball,” Wallace recalled the man saying.

    Wallace told him an assault had just occurred and that he looked like the suspect. The man said he didn't do it, handed the constable an ID card and agreed to wait for police in Wallace's air-conditioned SUV — inside the prisoner's area.

    The constable shut the door and radioed police. He had fooled the man into custody.

    “I played him like a fiddle,” Wallace, 54, said of Nicholas A. Ashley, a 22-year-old suspected gang member who was accused of robbing the Commerce Bank on East Street Road and Philmont Avenue Monday morning. The assault story that got Ashley was made up.

    According to police, Ashley robbed Commerce Bank about 5 minutes after he attempted to rob the nearby Bank of America on Philmont Avenue in Bensalem.

    Wallace said he heard the suspect's description over the police radio as he was en route to work at District Judge Susan McEwen's court on Desire Avenue.

    Except for the red T-shirt, Ashley was a match, Wallace said. Police said witnesses had seen Ashley ditch his white T-shirt after the robbery to reveal the red one underneath.

    In an affidavit, Lower Southampton Detective Shane Hearn said:

    Bensalem police were called to the Bank of America about 9:45 a.m. Monday. A man had tried to rob the bank, but apparently gave up and left. The tall suspect had a goatee and wore a black baseball cap, white T-shirt and red shorts. Lower Southampton police and police dogs were called to track down the suspect. The robbery at Commerce Bank occurred about 9:50 a.m. The two banks are a short walk from each other and the suspects' descriptions matched.

    “Look, I don't have money and I got a gun. Give me your money,” Ashley is alleged to have told a Commerce teller, though no gun was shown. The teller gave him $6,050, which he stuffed into a plastic grocery bag.

    Wallace said he spotted Ashley shortly after 10 a.m. walking on Woodbine Avenue toward Desire Avenue, which is just a short distance from the Lower Southampton police station. He didn't appear to be carrying a gun, Wallace said, noting that he didn't “pat down” Ashley because he didn't want to alarm him and have him run away. Three witnesses identified Ashley as the man who had robbed Commerce Bank. Police searched him and found the grocery bag with the money.

    Ashley later admitted to police that he had held up the bank, Hearn said. He repeated that admission during his arraignment Monday afternoon before District Judge John Kelly in Middletown.

    “What do you think I was doing? I was trying to rob a bank,” Ashley responded when the judge asked what he was doing in court. Ashley said he needed the money because he was unemployed and had a baby to care for.

    Kelly set bail at $300,000 and Ashley was taken to the Bucks County prison on robbery, theft and related charges. Charges are pending in connection with the attempted robbery in Bensalem, authorities said.

    Police said Ashley is originally from Fayetteville, N.C., and is a suspected member of the Bloods, a criminal gang. Police said they identified Ashley as a suspected gang member because of a tattoo with a gang slogan. He reported addresses in Lower Southampton and Philadelphia but had no permanent address, police said.

    Harry Yanoshak can be reached at 215-949-4203 or hyanoshak@phillyBurbs.com.

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    What a dumb ass!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Operator13
    Police said Ashley is originally from Fayetteville, N.C., and is a suspected member of the Bloods, a criminal gang. Police said they identified Ashley as a suspected gang member because of a tattoo with a gang slogan.
    What? Those guys wearing red are criminals??? Oh the humanity!!!
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