Manuel walked into a police station in suburban Dallas on Saturday evening with a white towel covering his hands and told the dispatcher to hand over money, CBS News reported.
Although Manuel has claimed that he was just pulling a practical joke, Police Chief Victor Kemp said the suspect didn't seem to be acting like a jokester.
"He said he’d like to check on a warrant, but it was pretty obvious it was a situation. He gave a different name and after a few moments of maybe playing it off he said, 'You do know I have a gun,'" Kemp told KTVT-TV. "At that point he seemed to be very serious. She called for officers immediately. The officers arrived and were able to take him down at gunpoint."
Police took Manuel down and determined he did not have a weapon. Meanwhile, he denies saying he was carry a gun.
"I didn't say nothing like that, I swear to God I didn't say nothing like that; that's why they didn’t find no guns on me," Manuel told the station. "Man, I play like that all the time, I didn’t think she would take it seriously."
Apparently, he was wrong.
Manuel was arrested and charged with robbery and theft. He is currently being held in Dallas County Jail with bonds totaling $300,000.