After more than two years as a fugitive from a bank robbery, a Florida man says he turned himself in to police after watching Mel Gibson’s film “The Passion of the Christ.”
James Anderson now admits he grabbed an employee of a Palm Beach Gardens bank in December 2001 and forced tellers to hand over $25,000, the Palm Beach Post reports.
The case stumped police, but on Tuesday the 53-year-old man walked into the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office lobby saying he was ready to give himself up.
Surprised investigators interrogated Anderson and arrested him after hearing his confession and bringing in Palm Beach Gardens police.
A sheriff’s detective asked Anderson why he came clean after all this time.
Anderson said he was stirred deeply after watching “The Passion of the Christ,” the blockbuster film about the suffering and death of Jesus.
“He said, ‘I saw ‘The Passion’ and that made my decision,'” said sheriff’s office spokesman Paul Miller, according to the paper. “And he sort of urged [the detective] to see the movie too.”
But after interrogating him at length, Palm Beach Gardens police say Anderson’s surrender was much more calculated, the Post reported.
Anderson, who was living in a blue 1995 Toyota Corolla, is broke, believes he has prostate cancer and is tired of constantly fearing police, said Palm Beach Gardens police Sgt. Richard Geist, according to the paper.
“He’s looking for medical attention he doesn’t have to pay for,” Geist said. “That, and he’s probably tired of living out on the streets.”
Anderson, arrested once before on cocaine charges, told Geist he would welcome the health care he could receive in a federal prison, the Post said.
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