Robert Krol, 32 of Charlestown, was arraigned Wednesday on a single charge of unarmed bank robbery relating to Tuesday's attempted robbery at the Cooperative Bank on Main Street. He was held on $50,000 cash bail and ordered to return to court on July 18.
In a release announcing Krol's high bail, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office noted that Jim Andrea, the man who tackled and held Krol, is 59 years old, stood about three inches shorter than Krol and weighs about 50 ounds less.
“That’s the real spirit of Charlestown,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. “They may not make a movie about him, and we certainly don’t want anyone to get hurt being a hero, but you’ve got to hand it to a guy who can tackle a bank robbery suspect half his age.”
Jim Andrea, the Robert Krol Tuesday, wasn’t the only person to notice Krol’s suspicious behavior, according to police.
Andrea told WHDH that he noticed Krol’s wig and the fear in the teller’s eyes, but police spoke to another witness who also felt suspicion upon seeing Krol’s outfit—a brown wig, sunglasses, a hat and a hoodie.
The teller also took note of Krol, the report said, before he stepped forward and handed her a note that read “No die packs, no alarm."
The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money, but Krol’s crime was already doomed. The quick acting Andrea shoved Krol through the door and then pinned him on the ground , keeping Krol’s hands away from his belt for fear that Krol may have been carrying a weapon.
Officers found the pair that way. Both suffered minor scrapes and cuts, but refused medical attention.
Police also found that Krol was not armed. He was charged with unarmed robbery of a bank.