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Brian Keith Wright bank robbery case, tipster seeks reward

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A D.C. woman who risked her life to help police nab a bank robber says she believed she was supposed to get a $5,000 reward from police. But instead all she got was the run-around.

The woman is being identified as "Jennifer“ because she's afraid of retaliation. Jennifer says she knew the man who robbed a United Bank in Northwest last December.

"This time he had a note, next time he could have a gun," explained Jennifer. "And he would do it again. I would bet my life on it that he would have done it again."

Jennifer saw his picture in the newspaper with an article promising a $5,000 reward from police. So she put her fears aside and called D.C. investigators with the suspect's name - Brian Keith Wright. She also gave them step-by-step instructions on how to find all the evidence they'd need to lock him up.

In August he was convicted and sent to prison. But four months later, D.C. police still have not delivered Jennifer's reward.

7 On Your Side went to Assistant Chief Peter Newsham for answers. He says the reward process takes time, but not this much time and he did not say what caused the delay.

"In any case, it shouldn't take this long,” noted Assistant Chief Peter Newsham. “And I'm glad we were able to resolve this particular case."

D.C. Police promised 7 On Your Side that Jennifer will get her $5,000 reward by week's end. Metropolitan Police Department says since Chief Cathy Lanier took over in 2007, the rewards they've doled out have doubled. This year they will give out more than a half-million dollars for tips that lead to convictions.

 

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