“Black Panther” Director Ryan Coogler Was Handcuffed After He Was Mistakenly Targeted As A Bank Robber
Ryan Coogler, director of Creed, Fruitvale Station, and the Black Panther films, was briefly detained by cops in Atlanta after being mistaken for a bank robber. TMZ reports that the incident happened back in January when 35-year-old Ryan tried to take out $12,000 in cash. He was wearing sunglasses and a face mask and handed the bank teller (a pregnant Black woman, according to the Atlanta PD report) a withdrawal slip with a handwritten note on the back. It read: “I would like to withdraw $12,000 cash from my checking account. Please do the money counter somewhere else. I’d like to be discreet.” Because, obviously, that’s a lot of cash. Makes sense. But the teller thought something suspicious was going on and called the cops. Huh?! Lady didn’t just jump to conclusions, she teleported to them.
When the police arrived, they detained 2 people waiting outside for Ryan in an SUV, and then went inside and brought Ryan out in cuffs. After an investigation, the cops say the incident was a big mistake and placed the blame on the Bank of America teller. via TMZ:
According to the report, when the teller went to make the transaction on her computer, it triggered some sort of an alert. So, she told her boss Coogler was attempting to rob the bank, and they called 911.
Obviously, Ryan wasn’t happy about being mistaken for a bank robber. The police report points out that he asked for the badge numbers of all the responding officers once he and his friends were released. He tells TMZ:
“This situation should never have happened. However, Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on.”
Here’s what Ryan looked like in security footage and a picture of the note on the withdrawal slip:
Ryan Coogler tells TMZ … “This situation should never have happened. However, Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on. pic.twitter.com/4OpcjEQ9Bc
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Ryan has been in Atlanta filming the Black Panther sequel, which hasn’t been an easy ride thanks to cast injuries and delays caused by Letitia Wright’s anti-vaxx nonsense. On the bright side, with all these production delays Ryan has time to write in a new villain: “The Pregnant Bank Teller!”