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California police mistake cancer patient for bank robber

By Mason White 7:36 AM July 2, 2013
Joe Jaramillo 

By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) A man was left shaken after police mistook him for a bank robber when he entered a bank with a face mask in order to keep germs out of his body just a day after he underwent chemotherapy.

Joe Jaramillo said that this past Friday he was wearing a surgical mask when he entered the Wells Fargo Bank in Montebello, California, after he had undergone chemotherapy treatment the day before and needed to keep germs out of his system.

However, the police mistook him for the “Surgical Mask Bandit”, an unknown person believed to be behind at least two bank robberies in Orange County.

“Next thing I know, I have six Montebello police officers around me, standing there saying, ‘Can you get up, can you put your hands on your head?’ ‘What have I done?’ I asked. ‘Can you stand up please, sir?’ They said. I said, ‘Really?’ This is so embarrassing. I had all these people in the bank looking at me,” Jaramillo said.

Jaramillo said police let him go with an apology after he was interviewed and his car was searched.
He said that he blamed the bank for the incident because he explained his need for a surgical mask to a bank teller before the police arrived.

“I told the bank teller that I need the mask, and that I just had chemotherapy yesterday,” he said.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view