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Fall River man who claims he robbed 150 banks indicted on new bank robberies

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A Fall River man who in a televised interview once estimated that he had robbed 150 banks and claimed his exploits inspired Ben Affleck’s character in the movie “The Town” has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly robbing four more banks.

“No, I’m not going back to prison. I’ve been in prison over 37 years of my life,” William Sequeira told chief Providence, R.I., municipal judge Frank Caprio during a hearing over some traffic tickets. The hearings were aired on the show Caught in Providence, which features Caprio’s judicial work, in November 2020.

“Ever seen the movie ‘The Town’? Well, that movie’s about me. Watch the movie, Ben Affleck plays me in the movie. That’s a true story,” he said, later explaining the plot: “It’s about guys outta Charlestown, Boston who rob banks and armored trucks.”

Caprio, who receives donations from viewers across the country due to his show, decided that he would cut Sequeira a break and paid off the $150 fine with a donation. At the time, Sequeira was delivering produce by truck after having gotten out of prison following a 30-year stint in federal prison, he told the judge, for bank robbery.

“I’m proud of you because you’ve turned your life around and I think you’re going to continue to do it,” Caprio had said at the hearing.

Those words might have been too optimistic, as Sequeira, now 59, is the subject of an indictment alleging he robbed five banks between Sept. 26 and Sept. 30, 2022: a Citizens Bank branch in Fall River, followed by three Boston banks: a Santander Bank branch, an M&T Bank branch and a TD Bank branch.

“Give me all the money before I blow your brains out,” Sequeira allegedly told a teller at that final robbery on Sept. 30.

But the man allegedly just couldn’t get his fill, as law enforcement who were looking for him in Back Bay say they spotted him entering the Boylston Street Citizens Bank branch in that neighborhood. Authorities allege that he approached a teller there and demanded “Give me hundreds” and threatened to shoot if they didn’t move fast enough, but cops were ready and busted him.

Sequeira was such a popular subject of the Caught in Providence show, in which he claimed that he once kept $500,000 in milk containers in his refrigerator from some good heists, that he returned for an encore appearance in January 2021.

The New Bedford native said in that appearance that his father died when he was only eight years old, and that he soon was getting into trouble. He’d hang out at bars like the Triple Os Lounge on Broadway and before he knew it, he was “doing scores.”

“You gotta worry about cops,” he said of his career. “We always had a stopwatch. I’d clock it, you’ve got 60 seconds to walk in the door because as soon as you’d walk in with guns and masks they’re hitting the alarms … It’s on; the cops are coming. You gotta go, grab, get out — that’s how you’ve gotta do it.”

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