BREAKING: Suntrust Bank Robbed – Suspect in Custody After Short Pursuit
BROOKSVILLE – Around 10:45 am this morning, a robbery occurred at the Suntrust Bank located at 13137 Cortez Blvd.
The Sheriff’s Office has not released an official report at this time, but according to our sources, a man dressed in all black walked into the bank – handed the teller a note and fled the area on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.
Witnesses say the suspect, who was described as a white male in his mid-twenties, ran to the Circle K at the corner of Mariner Blvd and Cortez Blvd, and jumped on a blue bicycle (Pictured Below).
Deputies located the bicycle a short distance away on Sunshine Grove Road, near Chambord Street.
A K-9 unit began tracking the suspect near Brookridge Subdivision, where officials believed he may be hiding.
A few minutes later, the Sheriff’s Office’ Air Unit spotted the suspect near Recarda Lane and Grove Road, where he entered the grounds of a private mental health facility.
Numerous deputies swarmed the complex and apprehended the suspect without incident.
There are unconfirmed reports that the suspect is known to the law enforcement as a possible patient of the facility.
Deputies continue to search for a missing backpack that may contain cash stolen from the bank.
UPDATE: 8/17/2015, 3:30 PM – The Sheriff’s Office released the following statement regarding today’s robbery.
On 08-17-15 at approximately 10:46 a.m., Hernando County deputies responded to the SunTrust Bank located at 13137 Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville in reference to a Robbery.
9-1-1 operators received information that a white male in his late 20’s or early 30’s wearing all black had just robbed the bank. The male left the bank carrying a black backpack. The male was last seen leaving the area on a bicycle.
After locking down the facility, bank employees immediately retrieved video surveillance footage of the suspect and provided it to detectives who were arriving on scene. HCSO Crime Analysis personnel took still photos from the video surveillance and issued an “Urgent Alert” to all personnel.
Deputy James Boylan, who patrols the area, saw the Urgent Alert and recognized the individual as someone who he had checked out with a few hours earlier. During that encounter, Deputy Boylan completed a Field Interview Report (FIR) on the individual, obtaining a complete name, address, telephone number, etc.
Immediately, Deputy Boylan notified units on the Robbery scene the identity of the suspect and his last known address.
Meanwhile, the HCSO Aviation Unit and a K-9 team were working together; tracking the individual from the location where he dumped the bicycle he used to leave the area of the bank.
Deputy Brandon Cox and K-9 Judge were tracking the suspect when Chief Pilot, Corporal Dave Calianno (in Air-3) observed the suspect run into a building on Grove Road which was later identified as his residence. The building was determined to be WestBridge, a Center for Integrated Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders.
Deputy Chris Croft was of scene within minutes to take the suspect into custody.
The suspect, Brendan Timothy Evans W/M DOB/10-17-1986 was placed under arrest. He was charged as follows:
– Bond – $25,000.
It is believed that the bicycle that Evans was riding was stolen; however, no reports have been filed yet.
Deputies recovered the backpack that Evans was carrying after an extensive search of the area.
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