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Black Panther director Ryan Coogler arrested after being mistaken for bank robber

Ryan Coogler, the director of “Black Panther” and “Creed,” was detained and put in handcuffs at a Bank of America when a teller mistakenly suspected he was a robber, Georgia cops say. The incident occurred Jan. 7 and was first reported on Wednesday, March 8, by TMZ. Officers had responded to the north Atlanta business for a “bank holdup call,” according to the incident report obtained by McClatchy News. Officers detained Coogler, as well as two individuals waiting in an SUV for him, the report says.

Ryan Coogler – Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The report says Coogler was inside the bank when he filled out a withdrawal slip, including a note that he would like the cash handed to him discreetly. The amount of money he was withdrawing was possibly more than $10,000, police said. The bank teller received an “alert notification” from Coogler’s account and she advised her manager that Coogler was attempting to rob the bank, the police report says.

But police determined that the bank teller made a mistake and Coogler “was never in the wrong.” He was “immediately” taken out of handcuffs and the two other people were also taken out from the police car where they were detained. Coogler was given an apology, police said, but the director said in a statement to Variety the “situation should never have happened.” “However, Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on,” he told Variety. In a statement to McClatchy News, Bank of America says it “deeply regret(s) that this incident occurred.” “It never should have happened and we have apologized to Mr. Coogler,” Bank of America said.

By Mike Stunson

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