AUSTIN (KXAN) — An alleged bank robber has been identified and arrested Friday due to him using a dockless e-scooter as a getaway vehicle, according to Austin police.
Luca Mangiarano, 19, was charged with robbery after allegedly robbing the BBVA Compass bank on 321 W. Sixth St. According to a bank employee, on December 18, 2018, Mangiarano entered the bank, walked up to her station and handed her a note.
The note was left at the scene and was taken into evidence. The note read, “This is a robbery. Please give me all your 100s and 50s in an envelope and everything will be ok.” The victim told officers that she was afraid of what Mangiarano might do, so she complied and gave him the money.
Another bank employee, who was unaware of the robbery at the time, told investigators he saw who he believed to be the suspect leave the bank and hop on a dockless e-scooter. A surveillance video from a nearby business showed a man matching Mangiarano’s description riding away from the bank.
Through the surveillance video, officers were able to identify the scooter being used as a Jump by Uber scooter.
APD sent a subpoena to Uber requesting the account information used for the scooter used and were able to identify Mangiarano as well as his phone number and email address. Further investigation into Mangiarano’s Facebook account led officers to believe he was the man behind the robbery.
Mangiarano has been arrested for robbery and held on an $18,000 bond.