An MMA fighter pleaded not guilty on Monday to robbing a New York City bank.
Sergio da Silva, 31, was arrested last August for allegedly robbing a CitiBank in Queens. According to reports, the robbery took place August 24th around nine in the morning when a 5 foot 7 Hispanic man climbed over the security glass and threatened to shoot people if they didn’t hand over the money.
“Give me all the money. I will shoot everybody,” the robber said according to witnesses. Bank staff compiled as the man claimed to have a gun, making off with almost $50,000 in cash.
A week later da Silva was arrested and charged with two felony robbery charges, including first-degree robbery while displaying a firearm. Sergio is reported to be 5 foot 7 according to the MMA site Sher Dog, and lives in a home near the site of the robbery.
Sergio appeared in court today and pleaded not guilty to both charges. Speaking to TMZ, da Silva’s attorney David Fish said, "We intend to show at trial that he’s not guilty of what he’s alleged to have committed. The allegations are very serious. I think Sergio has a lot of confidence in that the truth will come out at trial."
Last September Sergio took to Facebook to thank his fans for supporting him after his arrest but said he couldn’t comment further until after the trial. “Crazy day to say the least,” wrote the MMA fighter. “I am truly overwhelmed by all the love and support I have received.”
“As much as I would love to speak more about the allegations my legal team has rightfully advised me against discussing any details until the case is over. We are following all the necessary steps required. All I ask is for everyone to please respect my family during this difficult times also please understand my distance.”
In his last battle, da Silva fought Matt Rizzo at Bellator MMA’s NYC show on June 24, 2017. Sergio lost via submission in the third round.