A Dorchester man robbed a neighborhood bank on Wednesday afternoon and tried to get away in a cab, but a bystander put the brakes on the plan, and the suspect led officers on a brief foot chase before surrendering, police said.
Police spokesman David Estrada said Seamus Simcock, 31, demanded cash inside an Eastern Bank location at 1906 Dorchester Ave. shortly before 3 p.m. and fled with an undetermined amount of currency.
According to the arrest report, he tried to hail a cab, and a witness told the driver, “Don’t take him; he just robbed a bank,” Estrada said.
Officers spotted Simcock walking on Ashmont Street, and he sprinted away from them as they exited their cruiser, Estrada said.
The officers pursued Simcock up a driveway on Ashmont Street and through a back yard on Adanac Terrace. He came to a stop and sat down in a different yard on the other side of Adanac, Estrada said.
Police placed Simcock onto his stomach, and a wad of cash fell out of his left hand as they cuffed him, Estrada said. They found more money under some nearby brush where he had been sitting.
A bank teller told officers that Simcock had entered the building wearing a black mask and a gray hoodie, but did not show a weapon, police said.
It was not clear how much money Simcock allegedly made off with, though Estrada said the teller gave him a bait pack, which is a pack of money that enables authorities to track the cash if someone tries to spend it.
Simcock is being charged with unarmed robbery and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Dorchester District Court.
It was not known Wednesday night if he had a lawyer.