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Delivery Man in Bank Robbery Had Record

September 21, 2003

ERIE, Pa. (AP) _ A pizza delivery man who robbed a bank and was killed by a bomb locked to his neck was once arrested after allegedly threatening neighbors and a judge, according to a police report.

Brian Wells apparently called a judge in 1991, saying he wanted his neighbors evicted from their home in Erie or he would ``put a bullet in their heads,″ the Erie Times-News reported Saturday, citing a police report.

Wells, 46, died Aug. 28 after robbing a bank near Erie. Before he died, Wells told police he had been forced to rob the bank by someone who locked the bomb to his body. Investigators have been unable to figure out whether Wells was a willing participant or was somehow duped or forced into taking part.

In 1991, Wells called the office of then-District Justice Joseph Weindorf, threatened the neighbors and then became ``abusive″ with Weindorf, using obscene language and threatening to shoot the judge, the report stated.

Wells was charged with harassment by communication, but the charge was later dropped. Instead, he pleaded guilty to a summary offense of harassment, court records show.

Weindorf declined to comment, citing the investigation into Wells’ death.

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