Black Panther CEO Ryan Coogler Confused With Bank Robber, Arrested By Police

Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler was arrested in January by the Atlanta Police Department after he was mistaken for a bank robber.

Ryan Coogler was arrested by police at a Bank of America location on Jan. 7, according to the Atlanta Police Department. The Black Panther Helmer went to the bank teller with a withdrawal slip and a note that reportedly read, “I would like to withdraw $12,000 in cash from my checking account. Please count the money elsewhere. I’d like to be discreet.” The cashier mistook the director’s request for a robbery and triggered an alarm from the bank account.

The desk clerk then reported to her manager that she believed Ryan Coogler was engaged in a robbery, which led them to call the Atlanta Police Department. Shortly thereafter, police officers arrived, briefly handcuffed Coogler and detained his two colleagues, who were waiting for him outside the bank. After verifying his identity with his colleague and Bank of America staff, Coogler was released along with his colleagues.

Speaking to Variety, Ryan Coogler confirmed the situation and insisted he had it resolved with Bank of America.

“This situation should never have happened. However, Bank of America has worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction, and we moved on.”

Below are images taken directly from a police officer’s bodycam.

Ryan Coogler is currently working on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever for disney. Here’s the official synopsis for the first Black Panther movie:

After the death of his father, the king of Wakanda, young T’Challa returns home to the isolated high-tech African nation to succeed the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mantle as king – and Black Panther – is put to the test when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that threatens the fate of Wakanda and the entire world. Faced with betrayal and danger, he must unleash the full power of Black Panther to defeat his enemies and ensure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.

The original movie is available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD and can also be streamed on Disney Plus. In the meantime, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit theaters on November 11, 2022. Stay tuned for the latest on the Black Panther and Ryan Coogler sequel, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content.

Source: Variety