John Wojtowic, the gay bank robber, has said under questioning that he got the idea for raiding the Brooklyn branch of the Chase Manhattan bank after meeting one of the bank’s executives in a New York gay bar.
The executive told him the best time to stage the raid would be 3pm, since the armoured car would not call to collect the days money till 3.30pm. However, on the day in question the car had called in the morning, so there was less money than John expected.
It is expected that police will be questioning the bar’s customers to discover who the executive is, if he exists.
John was also accompanied on the raid by Donald Matterson, aged 18. Reports of what has happened to him are somewhat confused, but he appears to have escaped on foot when he saw the police arriving on the scene.