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Instagram bank robber back in court Monday

Posted at 6:08 AM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 13:59:05-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - A man who pleaded guilty to robbing a Townebank and posting video and pictures from the robbery on Instagram and will find out his sentence on May 16.

In May 2015, 23-year-old Dominyk Antonio Alfonseca walked into the bank at 297 Constitution Drive and handed the teller a note demanding money, according to police.

About 20 minutes after the robbery, officers in the area of Kellam Road and Columbus Street located Alfonseca and took him into custody.

In the 20 minutes it took for police to find him, he was able to post some incriminating evidence to his Instagram account.

Two videos of the bank robbery and one picture of the note Alfonseca allegedly used were uploaded to his Instagram account before he was arrested.

When NewsChannel 3 spoke to Alfonseca in May, he said he did not rob the bank, but just “asked for the money.”

“I don’t know how I’m a robber because I asked for it. She could have said no, and I could have left," he said.

He said he posted the pictures and video on Instagram to protect himself from police who may have said he was armed. He also wanted to show his social media followers what he was doing.

“I handed the letter to the woman. I recorded her as it was happening, you know," said Alfonseca.

NewsChannel 3 spoke to Alfonseca in a jailhouse interview on Monday and he still does not see anything wrong with the act.

"I didn’t consider it robbery. The way I see it is, by law I might be guilty, but my logic I'm  not. I feel like I'm innocent by logic," says Alfonseca.

He says he hopes this gives him a big break in the music industry and he did it to get more followers on Instagram.

"It will be good for me. Hopefully, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne sees me or hears my music and wants to sign me when I come out. I promise I'm the man. I promise," says Alfonseca.

There were no injuries reported.

Alfonseca's sentencing was continued to May 16.