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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