Man robbed Winnipeg bank disguised as lady clown: Cops

Rondell Johnson, wearing a clown costume, is seen in a copy of a surveillance video, robbing the...

Rondell Johnson, wearing a clown costume, is seen in a copy of a surveillance video, robbing the Transcona branch of the Crosstown Credit Union in Winnipeg, Man. (WINNIPEG SUN/QMI AGENCY)

Dean Pritchard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:57 PM ET

WINNIPEG — Florida resident Rondell Johnson argued police had the wrong guy when they arrested him for a brazen, mid-day bank robbery last December.

Told police followed a single set of footprints through the snow to find Johnson in a field near a bag containing a clown disguise, nerf-ball breasts and stolen cash, Judge John Guy ruled there was only one possible conclusion.

"Whoever had that bag was in that bank," Guy said Tuesday. "I am convinced beyond a reasonable doubt Mr. Johnson is the clown robber who committed the offence."

Guy sentenced Rondeau to eight years in prison, minus 10 months for time served.

Bank tellers at the Crosstown Civic Credit Union testified a man disguised as a female clown walked into the bank armed with a gun and demanded cash.

A teller provided the robber with thousands of dollars in traceable "bait" money and he fled.

Police officers and a canine unit tracked Johnson to a nearby field just 15 minutes later.


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