An accused Long Island bank robber who went on the lam last month after cutting off his court-ordered ankle monitor pulled the exact same stunt in a federal case last year, a video posted to Facebook shows.
In video shared with The Post by his godmother Ann Smith, accused serial stick-up artist Romell Nellis, 40, is seen using a large kitchen knife to saw through his ankle strap.
“Let’s do it,” Nellis is heard saying in the clip, which was shot by Smith’s son and posted online Nov. 9, 2019.
“Be careful, boy, don’t go too hard,” the godbrother can be heard telling Nellis. “You need that ankle.”
After Nellis gets the device off, he tosses it on a table and begins laughing.
“This s–t is over. They ain’t got me no more,” he says on camera.
Nellis served seven years in prison for a 2012 crack-trafficking conviction. He was released after an Aug. 29, 2019, hearing in federal court in Central Islip with several conditions, including the “existing condition of location monitoring by probation,” court records show.
But while he was out, Smith allegedly robbed two banks, and was arrested and charged in state Supreme Court on Jan. 9.
At the time, he was also facing sentencing in Central Islip federal court after admitting he violated his supervised release, records show.
He was briefly ordered jailed — until he was released by a Nassau County judge with a new ankle monitoring device in that case.
Authorities said he cut that device off as well and went on the lam — but he was re-arrested Wednesday and charged with two new bank heists.
Additional reporting by Bruce Golding
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