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SECOND BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT IN BSO CUSTODY

BSO Case Number: LL02-02-325
PIO Number: 02-02-11
Date: February 7, 2002
Place of Occurrence: 2601 W. Broward Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale

Victim(s):

  • People’s National Bank
  • Raul Cruz, 54, 8/2/47, 11201 SW 55th Street, Miramar

Suspect(s):

  • 1. Travis Stuggis, 19, 12/15/82, 4400 NW 23rd St., Lauderhill
  • 2. Courtney Haye, 20, 5/6/81, 6618 Rio Pinar Drive, North Lauderdale

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s Office robbery detectives charged a second man today with last Monday’s attempted robbery of a Lauderdale Lakes bank, after the suspect showed up at BSO headquarters with his mother to turn himself in. Travis Stuggis was arrested at The Ron Cochran Public Safety Building, 2601 W. Broward Blvd in Ft. Lauderdale at about 9:00 am, Thursday, February 07, 2002.

Investigators had been on the trail of 19-year old Stuggis since he and 20-year old Courtney Haye of 6618 Rio Pinar Drive in North Lauderdale tried to hold up the People’s National Bank at 2412 N. State Road 7 in Lauderdale Lakes around noon, Monday, February 04, 2002.

Before heading off to the BSO jail, Stuggis was interviewed by detectives and implicated himself
in Monday’s crime. Investigators say Stuggis of 4400 NW 23rd Street in Lauderhill stole a getaway van earlier in the day and that he and Haye, armed with a semiautomatic pistol, then drove to the bank planning to rob it.

Their scheme was foiled, however, by the bank’s guard, 54-year old Raul Cruz. Seeing the two thugs approach, the eagle-eyed Cruz told bank customers and employees to “get down”, drew his pistol, and fired at Stuggis and Haye, sending the pair fleeing.

BSO detectives found Haye, with a gunshot wound to his left hand, hiding in a nearby vacant apartment about two hours later.

Both suspects are now in the Broward Sheriff's Office jail, facing numerous charges.

INVESTIGATORS: Dets. G Spieker, J. Young, & R. Kerr
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 2/7/02 3:00pm

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