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Venezuelan man tries to rob Ohio bank with translation app because he can’t speak English, police say

A man from Venezuela tried to rob an Ohio bank using a translation app. according to to the local police.

Sandusky police said they don’t know if 20-year-old Akeson Brito Gonzalez is in the country legally or illegally because he doesn’t have any identification.

Brito Gonzalez allegedly entered a bank in Sandusky around 11:30 a.m. on April 4, Sandusky Police Chief Jared Oliver said. Police were called to the bank before the robbery because he had been wandering around and acting suspiciously.

WJW-TV obtained bank security video that shows the man putting down his cell phone to show the cashier a message because he doesn’t speak English.

The message on the translation app read, “Please accept the money,” and “Please put the money in a bag,” and a white trash bag was clutched in his hand.

When the bank employee did not comply, Brito-Gonzalez allegedly left the bank.

Police were later able to locate him and brought in a Spanish-speaking officer to speak to him and read him his rights. The man denied trying to rob the bank and told police he only asked the bank employee to put money in his bag.

Oliver said he had a translation app on his phone and a white garbage bag was also found with it.

Brito Gonzalez is facing charges Attempted robbery, a fourth-degree felony, and attempted theft and trespassing, all misdemeanors.

“I’ve been in law enforcement for over 20 years, and this is the first time I’ve encountered an incident like this where someone uses a translation app to attempt to rob a bank,” Oliver said. “Our police officers also dealt with this problem for the first time.”

He also said there are new indications that Brito-Gonzalez may be in the country illegally.

“I realized that Customs and Border Control had taken him into custody,” Oliver said.

Brito-Gonzalez was being held in the Erie County Jail, and police were able to identify him using the FBI’s fingerprint database.

Details of this incident are as follows:

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