School Resource Officer Helps Nab Serial Bank Robbers, Suspect Robs Same Bank Twice in One Month
SPRING HILL – A bank robber might get away with one – maybe two – robberies in the same area but when the same suspect robs the same bank twice, in less than a month, he’s probably not the “brightest” criminal, if there is such a thing. But that’s exactly what officials say 46-year-old John Lowell Goff of Eufaula, Alabama did, when he robbed a BB&T bank on Spring Hill Drive yesterday, for the second time in a less than a month.
According to officials, Goff walked into the BB&T Bank located at 5331 Spring Hill Drive, just before 2:00 p.m. yesterday and demanded cash. Bank employees and witnesses provided a description of the suspect and his getaway car, a black Toyota Camry with Georgia Tags that was parked nearby.
Deputies quickly learned that the vehicle description matched that of a the one used in a prior robbery at the same location on August 29th, as well as a Citrus County BB&T robbery that occurred on September 6th, and numerous robberies throughout Florida.
Deputies also learned that Goff was in the company of an accomplice, 63-year-old Lemuel Tony Davis, also of Eufaula, Alabama, who was driving the getaway car.
Officials say, while responding to the scene of the robbery, Detective Kimberly Burger spotted a vehicle matching the description, traveling at a high rate of speed east bound on Cortez Boulevard, near the Suncoast Parkway. Burger turned around but she was unable to get close enough to see what state the tag was from.
Deputy Julio Escoda, a school resource officer for Explorer K-8, heard the radio traffic and began to BOLO the area. Sources tell RNRF that Deputy Escoda spotted the vehicle near Hwy 50 and the truck route (Hwy 50 west) and called for backup. A felony traffic stop was conducted and both suspects were taken into custody without incident.
Goff and Davis were transported less than a mile away to the Sheriff’s Office headquarters for interrogation, where they eventually confessed to the robberies.
“This is another perfect example of the coordinated effort that goes in to a serious crime. Every available resource turns their focus on to solving the crime and apprehending the person or persons responsible. My people and I try to send a clear message that people who intentionally commit a serious crime in Hernando County will be held accountable,” said Sheriff Al Nienhuis.
Goff is charged with two counts of Robbery and is held on a $20,000 bond. Davis is charged with Principle to Robbery and held on a $10,000 bond; however, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office’ Detention Center website, it appears that both suspects are now being held without bond.
The investigation continues…
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