A Florida man-turned-film-producer is facing more than 20 years in prison after robbing a bank in Orange County to fund a movie he was filming, local authorities say.
According to the Belle Isle Police Department said, Nacoe Ray Brown, 54, walked into the McCoy Federal Credit Union in Belle Isle south of Orlando on June 28, 2022, and passed a note threatening the teller, The Orlando Sentinel reported, citing court documents.
The Department of Justice alleges that Brown, dressed in a baseball cap, sunglasses, surgical mask and plastic gloves, told the teller he had a gun and demanded money and that he fled with nearly $4,300 in cash.
A witness told investigators that Brown entered a nearby gas station and change his clothes. The Belle Isle Police Department then arrested Brown at the hotel he was staying in.
Police recovered the demand note, the stolen cash, and the disguise he wore to rob the bank, the DOJ reported.
Brown told officials he robbed the bank because he was filming a movie in Florida and ran out of money to pay for the production.
Brown was on probation after robbing three Baltimore-area banks in 2001. A judge granted him an early release in 2020 after Brown served 19 years out of his initial 25-year sentence.
He faces 20 years in prison for the bank robbery and three more years for violating the terms of his release, according to the report.