The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 6, 2012

Man accused of bank heist waives preliminary hearing

Arlene Johns
ajohns@tribdem.com

JOHNSTOWN — Jeffery M. McMullen, 50, of Northern Cambria, stood before a district judge Tuesday, accused of attempting to rob a bank for $1.

But rather than fight the charges before District Judge Michael Zungali in Hastings, McMullen waived his right to the preliminary hearing.

His case will be heard at a later date in Cambria County Court.

According to police reports, McMullen entered the AmeriServ bank branch in Carrolltown on Oct. 5 and gave a teller a note that said he was robbing the bank for the desired dollar bill.

After two employees thought it was a joke, a third one gave him the dollar and called police.

One of his notes read: “This is the United States of America Federal Bank Robbery, please hand over $1.00 ...”

Another note said: “FBI Custody (Preferbly Lorreto, PA)”

McMullen was lodged in the federal prison in Loretto, charged with three robbery offenses. Bond was set at $50,000 and a mental-health evaluation was requested.

He is being represented by Public Defender Maribeth Schaffer.

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