Gun-Toting Bank Robber Forgets 4 Rules Of Selfie Safety

Image: Facebook/WXYZ-Detroit

1. Treat Every Camera Phone As If It Were On ‘Photo’ Mode.
2. Never Take A Picture Of Anything You Don’t Want The World To See.
3. Do Not Press ‘Share’ Until You Are Ready To Be Embarrassed.
4. Be Aware Of Who You Share Your Picture With, And That *They* Might Share It With Others.

There are only four rules of selfie safety, and they work for everyone from Bieber-crazy pre-teens and hormonally altered teenagers to drunk frat boys and angry co-workers. They would even work for bank robbers, but only if they paid attention.

But 21 year-old Jules Bahler didn’t. He’s just old enough to own a handgun, and he calls himself ‘King Romeo’ on Facebook. Police believe that King Romeo, originally from Brooklyn, NY, moved to the Detroit area and started knocking over banks in a series of brazen daylight robberies.

He allegedly hit two banks in Pontiac and another in Bay City, stealing about $15,000, and used the money to lay down roots in the Detroit area. He even bought a house with some of the stolen money, but his penchant for armed self-portaiture means he won’t get to see it for a while.

He posted a series of selfies like this one on Facebook after the robberies, and the photos led police directly to him. Uzi carbines are rarely used by criminals, and the Uzi design is so famous that even non-gunnies recognize them instantly. As soon as he hit ‘Share’, King Romeo’s days as a free man were numbered.

I don’t usually hand out advice to criminals, but maybe the ubiquitous GLOCK might have been a better choice for him.


  1. avatar Gregolas says:

    ” O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou-STUPID?”

    1. avatar Maineuh says:

      Hey, correct use of ‘wherefore.’ Ya just don’t see that very often.

      1. avatar Stickers says:

        Actually, it should properly read “Wherefore in heck artie thou”.

    2. avatar Sammy says:

      I’m in Cook County wif Jake ‘n Elwood. I’d send ya a selfie but de took my phone.

    3. avatar Rooster says:

      The amount of “stupid” that can be delivered from a single “selfie” can be gargantuan. You know, I’ve always liked that word… “gargantuan”… so rarely have an opportunity to use it in a sentence.

  2. avatar KingSarc48265 says:

    They were making fun of this guy on WRIF hardcore the other day. Not as bad as the lady that fired a shot at a McD’s because they forgot her bacon. This town is never short on entertainment.

    1. avatar juliesa says:

      Yeah, but bacon. There should be consequences for leaving that off a burger.

      1. avatar Cliff H says:

        Yeah, but it was TWICE on the same day! There have to be consequences.

    2. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

      The bacon thing happened in Grand Rapids, unfortunately MI is full of all kinds of stupid, just drive down any metro area road.

  3. avatar peirsonb says:

    I’m in the process of buying a house in Ohio. Last night I spent 5 hours on the phone, after and extensive 3 month long e-mail chain, trying to explain that all the money in my bank account is, in fact, mine. HOW IN THE HELL DID HE BUY A HOUSE WITH STOLEN MONEY?!

    1. avatar tdiinva says:

      You can buy a house in Detroit for less than the cash reporting threshold.

      1. avatar Will says:

        Then the cost jumps astronomically as the city mandated inspection mandates every little flaw be fixed AND the home be updated to current “New Construction” codes (not the codes that were on the books when the house was built.)

    2. avatar John L. says:

      If all money had serial numbers, then it could be traced and criminals couldn’t … Oh, wait.

      1. avatar BDub says:


      2. avatar tdiinva says:

        And do you think the property owner is going to check?

      3. avatar bontai Joe says:

        You sir have won the internet today.

    3. avatar Zach says:

      He likely spent less than $10,000 cash, which means he didn’t even have to fill out a Currency Transaction Report that goes to the IRS. There is a reporting requirement at $3,000 but those forms are kept by the bank/company being paid.

    4. avatar Rob1285 says:

      The downpayment alone on my house required three-four months of bank statements and an affadavit signed by myself and my grandmother (and notarized) that the cash gift she gave me for Christmas was not for the downpayment on our house, and none of the funds being set aside for the downpayment came from that gift. In fact, any money going into my bank account that was not part of a direct deposit from my paycheck was questioned.

    5. avatar ToddR says:

      I was thinking the exact same thing. Banks won’t lend when there’s “unseasoned” assets involved in a deal.

    6. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Your finances are heavily scrutinized if you are applying for a mortgage. Paying cash for real estate is an entirely different sort of transaction.

    7. avatar mrvco says:

      I don’t think you actually have to “buy” a house in Detroit… you just have to pick one out that you like, occupy it and start paying the property tax.

  4. avatar tommyr says:

    Another Facetard! You can’t make this stuff up!

  5. avatar Todd S says:

    An agent of the FBI told me once that they catch more criminals because of the criminal’s stupidity than because of the FBI’s intelligence.

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      They’d kind of have to. Historically speaking their arrest record would end up in the red….

  6. avatar g says:

    So nice of criminals to do the work of the police by getting themselves caught… haha!

    I’m intrigued by UZI carbines, but last time I saw one in person, it was jamming like crazy. A guy brought to a “move and shoot” night at the range, and every other round, it was stopping. Not sure if it was more a problem with either the gun, the magazines (he had 32 rounders), or his ammo. Very sad.

    1. avatar ThomasR says:

      I,ve owned an Uzi for years; IMI manufacture. Thousands of rounds, not one FTE, not one FTF. The AK of the pistol caliber carbines.

  7. avatar SD3 says:

    “He’s just old enough to own a handgun…” And old enough for a mandatory 25 year sentance.

    See you when you’re 46, Romeo.

    1. avatar LongPurple says:

      Don’t be pessimistic. He’s up on three counts, “two banks in Pontiac and another in Bay City”, which should mean he gets out when he is 96.

      1. avatar Stinkeye says:

        Don’t be optimistic. This is the American legal system. This moron will be back on the streets in less than ten.

        1. avatar LongPurple says:

          Ah yes, the gulf between what “will be” and what “should be”.

      2. avatar Joe says:

        Long P. Many states run a sentences together ( box car ), so he could be out in 21 yrs and 4 mo., if they have an 85 % law. But. I’m guessing from experience he will be there for at lest 25.

        1. avatar LongPurple says:

          IIRC bank robbery is a federal offense, probably based on the federal interest of protecting Federal Reserve, FDIC insured banks. Federal courts should handle the trial, and federal sentencing rules should apply.
          I suppose the Feds could choose to let state courts handle a trial and imprisonment for bank robbery. It seems that they want to be able to declare anything a “federal matter”, IF they choose (they have that ‘interstate commerce’ rationalization that seems to cover anything they want it to cover).

  8. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    Sounds like he’ll be known as Quean Romeo for the next 10-20 years.

    1. avatar MotoJB says:

      LOL, no doubt.

    2. avatar WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot says:

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      1. avatar Gregolas says:

        Major Chuckles! Thanks!

    3. avatar Will says:

      Soon he’ll find out what it means to wear one’s pants below the cheeks.

  9. avatar MotoJB says:

    Someone please remove this fool from the gene pool….permanently.

    1. avatar Hal J. says:

      Well, it’s not as if he’ll be getting any for the next quarter-century at least, so your wish may well have been (for practical purposes) granted.

      1. avatar KingSarc48265 says:

        Oh he’ll be getting plenty. Just not any capable of procreation.

        1. avatar Hal J. says:

          Perhaps he’ll learn that it’s better to give than to receive…

  10. avatar lolinski says:

    Can someone please explain to me why people post pictures of themselves doing stupid/criminal things?

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      It’s nothing more than a 21st century high-tech version of the famous last words, “Hey y’all, watch this!” The internet is just a 24-hour party for those with a desperate need for attention.

    2. avatar Hal J. says:

      I recall seeing a recent poll of high school students in which they were asked what their number one goal was in life. It wasn’t making a lot of money, or finding love, or having a successful career, or serving their country.

      The most popular goal (by far) was being famous.

      1. avatar LongPurple says:

        That explains a lot of the “mass shootings”. One wacko gets his name and face all over the media, then thousands of copycats think “I could do something like that and be famous too”.

        1. avatar lolinski says:

          So by not publishing their name/face many would be discouraged?

          You know that feeling when you have been saying something for years and you get it confirmed? Having that now.

        2. avatar LongPurple says:

          Neither you nor I were the first nor the last to think or say it.
          Maybe someday the profession of journalism will adopt a policy of not giving these psychos the fame they want so badly they are willing to both kill and die for it. If they can keep rape victims names from publication out of respect for their privacy (and fear of public outrage) they can do something similar to discourage triggering more violence from the unbalanced.

      2. avatar Scott P says:

        I remember 10 years ago when I was in high school we were asked if we wanted to be wealthy or famous. Everyone chose to be wealthy.

    3. avatar Hugh Glass says:

      “Hold my beer”

    4. avatar Joe says:

      Because….. wait for it, THEIR STUPID !!!!

  11. avatar former water walker says:

    Well duh. Houses are selling for ONE DOLLAR in Gary,Indiana. My home value is down 80percent. Pretty EZ to pay cash for a house in “marginal” area…especially if you got an Uzi on your hip. LOL

  12. avatar mike says:

    *face palm*

  13. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    and Shannon and the busy bees @ MDA will write a press release decrying how a “child” under 25 got another gun . . . .

  14. avatar Logan says:

    He stole $15,000 and bought a house in Detroit? What did he do with the other $14,985?

    1. avatar Noakes says:

      If he was sensible, quality insulation and flooring.

    2. avatar Semper Why says:

      Maybe he bought a case of .22LR?

      1. avatar Todd S says:

        As if he could find one…

        1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

          You can find .22 at $0.50 a piece all day long in Detroit area.

    3. avatar Will says:

      He had to put it towards all the city mandated upgrades to “new construction” codes on the house.

  15. avatar Hugh Glass says:

    I don’t think many criminals read this blog anyway . . .

  16. avatar Ralph says:

    Romeo had to go all the way to Detroit just to find a community stoopider than Brooklyn.

    1. avatar Ben says:

      *more stupid…or dumber.

  17. avatar Kyle says:

    He also made the mistake of robbing banks without a mask.

  18. avatar Hannibal says:

    He forgot the “STAND STONG CT” sign.

  19. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Enough with the harsh comments guys … can’t you see that he hid his identity with his phone? He took appropriate precautions. And you can even see that he was starting to turn his life around. After all he bought a house and started cleaning up the city of Detroit. They should give this guy the keys to the city.


    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      They should give him the key to the city. Robbing three banks is far less criminal than the shit the current and former “leaders” of that city have pulled…

  20. avatar Arod529 says:

    I guess he forgot he wasn’t in Mexico. You know, where the government is part of the cartel, and take pride in such ridiculous selfiess.

  21. avatar Ben says:

    Also notice the finger on the trigger…

  22. avatar Porterhaus says:

    Why wouldn’t he just saw that barrel off?

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