Alleged bank robber showed up too early

An Anchorage man allegedly intent on robbing the First National Bank was in custody Tuesday after showing up too early, slipping a note under the door saying it was a robbery, and then refusing to leave. 

Federal authorities said that Michael Nash, 49, arrived at the First National Bank branch on West 36th Avenue in midtown Anchorage shortly after 9 a.m.  

The doors were locked since the bank’s lobby didn’t open until 10 a.m. 

A bank security officer asked Nash to leave, but he refused. 

Law enforcement officers arrived and arrested him in front of the bank. 

Nash is charged with one count of bank robbery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §2113(a) and §2113(f). If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine a sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. 


The arrest was announced by U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska S. Lane Tucker and Special Agent in Charge Anton Jung of the FBI Anchorage Field Office. 

Authorities noted that a criminal complaint is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.