Would-be bank robber with "bom" shows teller two forms of ID

Posted Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2011


A Sachse man was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison today for attempting to rob a Dallas bank with a "bom" in a fast-food restaurant bag.

Nathan Wayne Pugh was arrested in July when he tried to take a female customer with a child in her arms hostage, but they fell to the floor during a struggle as officers entered the bank.

U.S. Distinct Judge Sam A. Lindsay sentenced Pugh, 49, to 102 months at a hearing today in a Dallas federal courtroom.

Lindsay also ordered the sentence to run consecutively with a 25-year sentence Pugh got for two other robberies for which he was on parole at the time of the Dallas bank robbery.

In the Dallas holdup, Pugh walked into the Wells Fargo Bank, 4332 Lemon Ave. in Dallas, on July 26 with a fast-food restaurant bag, according to federal documents.

Pugh handed a teller a note when the teller asked him how much he wanted to withdraw.

The note had this message:

“Look if you don’t want to die then you should do as this note says. This is not a bag of food. This is a bom, so just put money in an envelope and do not make any move till after I have left for ten mintis.”

The calm teller then demanded two pieces of identification from Pugh, according to the documents. Pugh showed her his Wells Fargo debit card and a Texas identification card with his name on it.

As he attempted to leave the bank, Pugh saw Dallas police officers at the bank’s front door and grabbed the female customer.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763