DALLAS – A former Dallas firefighter has pled guilty in a U.S. district court to robbing a bank.
Jesus Ventura, 37, was arrested in April after police say he walked into a Chase Bank branch on Sylvan Ave. in Oak Cliff and calmly demanded money from the teller.
"I hate to do this to you," he reportedly told her, "but I need you to give me all your money."
She complied and he left a $20 "tip" and fled the scene. Ventura was arrested shortly after while allegedly attempting to rob a nearby gas station.
He was already on paid leave at the time of the robbery from Dallas Fire Rescue for firing a gun in the Oak Cliff firehouse where he was stationed –– DFD Station No. 45 is about a mile away from the Chase Bank he admitted to robbing.
Ventura was arrested for deadly conduct for the incident there. Days later, he told a federal judge he suffers from depression, anxiety and is bipolar.
Because he was only charged with a misdemeanor, Ventura was able to bond out. A month later he would rob the bank.
News 8 reported then that Ventura also said he was off his medications during the series of incidents.