Man who posted bank robbery on Instagram speaks from prison

Dominyk Alfonseca - WAVY

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Dominyk Alfonseca, the man who robbed a bank in Virginia Beach and posted the crime on Instagram, will serve two years and 11 months in prison.

Alfonseca was sentenced to 10 years on Monday, with seven years and one month of that sentence suspended. He will also have to receive mental health treatment, have no contact with the bank or the teller and will have to have seven years good behavior following his prison sentence.

Alfonseca doesn’t seem phased by having to spend time behind bars.

“I feel great. I’m on vacation,” he said. “I will do my little push ups. You know what I mean? I will do my sit ups and my crunches.”

In May 2015, Alfonseca robbed the Towne Bank in Town Center. He passed the teller a note and taped the entire robbery on his cell phone. He then posted video of the robbery on his Instagram page.

Alfonseca told 10 On Your Side that he posted the video to promote his rap career. However, he had a different story just hours after sentencing.

“I’m going to keep it real with you,” Alfonseca said. “I robbed the bank wanting to get the money. I already got my time, so I wanted the money. I was going to go to Miami.”

Instead, Alfonseca will be at a state prison.

In court, the judge acknowledged that Alfonseca has some mental issues, but told him this was no publicity stunt, this was a bank robbery.

Alfonseca said if he could go back in time, he would do things differently.

“If I could rewind time, I would have done it better and got away with it instead of joking around,” he said. “If you are going to rob a bank, do it with a mask and don’t show your face. Do it right.”

Prosecutors told the judge the teller was still too scared to come to court — a claim Alfonseca can’t believe.

“I don’t feel bad,” Alfonseca said.  “I didn’t do much. I didn’t’ speak. I didn’t give off any bad energy or anything like that.”

Alfonseca says he still plans to pursue a music career and believes the prison time will fly by. He’s already started recording new tracks and said he might call his next album “Smooth Criminal.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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