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Worst first date ever? Mother unexpectedly becomes getaway driver after date robs bank


by Adam Forgie

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Worst first date ever? Mother unexpectedly becomes getaway driver after date robs bank. (Photo: North Attleboro Police Department)

Bad first dates usually include a lot of awkwardness and not a lot of chemistry -- but they don't involve bank robberies... until they do.

A single mother in Massachusetts had a first date nightmare with someone she met on a dating app decided to rob a bank on their first date -- making her the unwitting getaway driver, according to CNN.

Shelby Sampson, 40, met 30-year-old Christopher Castillo on a dating app on December 5, 2016, according to the Sun Chronicle.

 
 

Castillo pleaded guilty this week to charges related to the following chain of events:

Sampson picked Castillo up from his parent's home in Chepachet, Rhode Island and drove 30 minutes east to North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

 

Sampson told police Castillo drank wine in the passenger seat as they drove. Castillo eventually told her to pull up next to a bank, which she did.

Castillo got out of her Nissan Maxima and went inside the bank, all without telling Sampson what he was doing -- robbing the bank.

According to the district attorney's office, while inside the Bristol County Savings Bank, Castillo showed a teller a gun and said he was "really hurting" and that he needed money badly. He demanded $1,000 form the teller.

 

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Photo of Christopher Castillo robbing a bank in 2016. (Photo: North Attleboro Police Department)

Castillo then ran outside of the bank -- hopped in Sampson's Maxima -- and told her to "f**king go."

Sampson says she panicked and obeyed at first, but once she spotted police lights, she pulled over and stepped away from her car while Castillo stayed inside and hid from police.

Police pulled a "violent" Castillo out of the car who struggled with police, spit on them and told them his gun was not loaded, according to court documents.

After police were able to cuff Castillo, they searched the car and found the gun, $1,000 in cash, and a hat and sunglasses he was seen wearing inside the bank.

 

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Worst first date ever? Mother unexpectedly becomes getaway driver after date robs bank. (Photo: North Attleboro Police Department)

Sampson was initially arrested for being an accomplice, but those charges were later dropped.

Castillo pleaded guilty this week to the bank robbery and resisting arrest charges.

He was sentenced to three years in state prison for the bank robbery and two years in the Bristol County House of Corrections for his struggle with officers.                                            https://wjactv.com/news/offbeat/worst-first-date-ever-mother-unexpectedly-becomes-getaway-driver-after-date-robs-bank                          

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