Glass Eater Arrested in Bank Robbery Spree: Police

Police arrested Robert J. Williams for committing a string of bank robberies that allegedly began in April

By Shimon Prokupecz
|  Friday, Jun 8, 2012  |  Updated 7:12 AM EDT
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An Upper West Side man is in custody for allegedly attempting to rob 11 banks. His neighbors don't know what's more shocking -- that or the fact that he holds the record for eating light bulbs. Ida Siegal reports.

An Upper West Side man is in custody for allegedly attempting to rob 11 banks. His neighbors don't know what's more shocking -- that or the fact that he holds the record for eating light bulbs. Ida Siegal reports.

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A man who claims a speed record for eating glass has been arrested for a series of recent bank robberies, police said.

On Wednesday, the Major Case Squad arrested Robert J. Williams for committing a string of bank robberies that allegedly began in April.

Police say Williams attempted to rob 11 banks in total – seven in Brooklyn, one in Queens, one in the Bronx and two in Manhattan – and was successful five times (in six of the attempts he received no money).

Williams, 22, was arrested when he allegedly tried to rob an Apple Bank in Sheepshead Bay for the second time in less than a week.

According to police, after Williams handed a teller a note, he noticed several employees at the bank staring at him, including the same teller he had interacted with when he robbed the bank last Friday. Realizing he had been recognized, Williams exited the bank and employees called 911.

Two bank employees followed Williams outside and witnessed him duck into a doorway and change his clothes.

Cops responding to the 911 call received the description of Williams in his new outfit and spotted him in the area shortly after. Williams was stopped, questioned and arrested. He was carrying a pre-written note for his next scheduled bank robbery, police said.

Williams, an Upper West Side resident, is being charged for the seven Brooklyn cases, and will likely face charges in the other incidents.

His prior claim to fame was eating a glass light bulb in 53 seconds, a world record according to RecordSetter.com.


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