Attempted robbery at First National Bank

Robber with plastic gun requests police response

An elderly bank robber had his plans thwarted Tuesday morning, largely in part because he asked his victim to call the police.

At 9 a.m. Tuesday, Kenneth Montoya, 65, entered a First National Bank location at 238 Front Street at 9 a.m., shortly after the bank opened for business. He pointed a toy plastic gun at the teller and asked for the money that was currently on the counter in front of her.

Montoya then told the teller to call police.

The Juneau Police Department received the teller’s 911 call saying she was being robbed at gunpoint at approximately 9:04 a.m. and responded immediately, arresting Montoya inside the bank at 9:06 a.m.

Montoya was transported to Lemon Creek Correctional Center and charged with first-degree robbery, a class ‘A’ felony.

A bank manager at the downtown location would not give her name and would not comment, directing calls to the bank’s Mendenhall Valley branch representative Lloyd Johnson, who was unavailable.

The downtown branch employee did state she was glad no one was injured.

Montoya has a past criminal record that includes Anchorage cases of public excretion in 1994, domestic violence assault in 1997, theft under $50 in 2002, criminal trespass and criminal mischief in 2003. His Juneau rap sheet includes a 1990 conviction for concealment of merchandise, and disorderly conduct and open container violations in 1989.

• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at


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