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Elderly Bank Robbery Suspect Apprehended After Fleeing in Taxi

UPDATE: 12:14 P.M. – Pasco County Officials have released the following statement regarding today’s bank robbery: Pasco Patrol deputies and New Port Richey Police are investigating a robbery at the Suncoast Credit Union, 3422 U.S. 19 in Holiday. A male entered the bank after taking a cab and presented a note and a bag to the teller who placed money into the bag. The suspect fled north in the cab and in response to the bulletin, New Port Richey Police made contact with the cab and suspect at the Travel Inn in the New Port Richey city limits. The suspect threw the bag with the money into his room and was detained. Two witnesses positively identified the suspect who was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect in custody has been identified as 79-year-old Vincent Anthony Ianellia, who was staying at the Travel Inn in New Port Richey. The suspect is being cooperative and said he was down on his luck and needed money to pay his hotel bill. No weapon was displayed or recovered. The money was recovered at the location at the Travel Inn, where the suspect was detained and subsequently arrested.


HOLIDAY (PASCO) – A bank robbery suspect was quickly apprehended this morning after officials say he robbed the Suncoast Credit Union on US-19. 

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 3422 US-19 around 9:30 a.m. after receiving a silent hold up alarm from inside the bank. Pasco County Officials say the suspect fled in a taxi before deputies arrived on scene but was apprehended a short distance away by New Port Richey Police.

NPR Chief Kim Bogart says his officers responded to the Travel Inn located at 7532 US-19 where they located the suspect and took him into custody.

Officials say the suspect handed a note and that he did not display a firearm.

The case is still under investigation at this time.

More details will be provided as they develop.

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  • That’s a weird thing to have on your bucket list

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 12:44 pm
  • Jails are not meant to be nice!

    Friday, 9 June 2017, 12:16 am
  • His problem in now Solved! Free room & Board Plus 3 Meals a Day. No Worries!!! Oh Lets Not Forget Health Care. So Relax Everyone : )

    Thursday, 8 June 2017, 8:50 am
    • Rebel pride…… Guess you never spent any time in jail!!! Especially Pasco county jail it’s the worst place ever. No human being deserves to be treated the way pcj treats there inmates. That place needs to be shut down ASAP so ya basically he is in worse shape than when he started

      Thursday, 8 June 2017, 2:38 pm
  • Jen, he is NOT a cab driver. He took a cab ride to bank & back to his motel.

    Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 6:16 pm
  • I miss understood the first report. So I’m guessing he is a cab driver. I feel bad for him now. Life sucks sometimes and this state gives NO HELP to ppl in need. We should all chip in and bond him out?

    Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 2:30 pm
  • my heart goes out to this 79 year old I pray none on this page ever get that desperate 🙁

    Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 2:00 pm
    • Thank you, enzo. All of us are just a breath away from the desperation that drove him to commit this crime. Some just don’t realize it. Our elderly need help but government keeps cutting budget for assistance programs. Yes, I am “elderly” living on social security due to health issues. Not enough to pay mortgage & utilities & BASIC NECESSITIES ( toilet paper, etc.) It’s a frightening existence to wonder whether you can afford the air you breathe. I’m so sad for this man & I pray the jokesters here WILL KNOW THE FEAR OF WHAT DO I DO NOW. IT WILL SERVE THEM RIGHT. SEE IF THEY THINK IT’S FUNNY WHEN SHOE IS ON THE OTHER FOOT.

      Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 3:03 pm
  • He should of went out on 19 with the rest of the pan handlers poor guy.

    Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 1:24 pm
    • It’s funny people feeling sorry.If he was not elderly and say under 40 years old and did the same thing for the same reason the same people would be bashing him,saying lock him up for life,shoot him,calling him scum and everything else you can think of.It does not matter age.When you are a criminal you are a criminal.And if you look the elderly have made the news for crimes & accidents more than other ages recently.

      Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 3:26 pm
  • Please tell me this DUMB didn’t rob a bank and take a taxi to his hotel room right after???? LMFAO you would think he would at least get dropped off a few blocks away and walk. Guess the robbery took to much energy to walk. We all know how hard It is to hand a note.

    Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 12:30 pm
  • At least he did not drive on a suspended he took a taxi!!

    Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 11:23 am

    Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 11:22 am
    • At least he didn’t KILL someone like the poor coin dealer guy, to get the the easy retirement plan for people who can’t handle supporting themselves. Go back to the CHAIN GANGS , I say!! They’ll stop this crap!!

      Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 1:47 pm
    • This guy IS old!
      Hasn’t he heard of Uber???

      Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 9:37 pm

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