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DEPUTY STANDOFF WITH BANK ROBBER IN DANIA

BSO Case Number: 0213-12-1019
PIO Number: 13-12-17
Date: Dec. 13, 2013
Time: 11:51 a.m.
Place of Occurrence: Chase, 300 E. Dania Beach Blvd., Dania Beach
Jurisdiction: Dania Beach

Victim(s):

  • State of Florida

Suspect(s):

  • 49-year-old white male (HOSPITALIZED)

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies had a standoff with a man Friday in Dania Beach after he robbed a bank and claimed to have an explosive device strapped to his body.

The subject walked into the Chase bank at 300 E. Dania Beach Blvd. sometime after 11:30 a.m. and demanded cash from the teller, also announcing he had an explosive device. The bank employees complied with his demand. As the subject exited the bank, he was met by BSO deputies responding to the scene. People inside the bank were evacuated through a rear door and the plaza was cleared.

Initially the subject complied with deputies commands, but later stopped complying and several deputies fired their weapons. The bank robber was struck but is alive. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue was on scene but was unable to approach him due to the possible explosive device.

The BSO Bomb Squad utilized a robot to approach the subject and communicate with him. They were also able to take an X-ray of the device, at which time two bomb technicians approached the subject and carefully cut the device off of his body. BSFR transported the man to Broward Health Medical Center where he underwent surgery.

The Bomb Squad conducted a remote procedure to open the device and render it safe.

The device has been turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s South Florida Violent Crime Task Force who is investigating the bank robbery.

Anyone with information about this case can contact BSO Detective Bryan Tutler at 954-321-4210 or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

INVESTIGATORS: Dets. Tutler & Sgt. Ellwood, CID Homicide; SWAT; Bomb Squad; Crime Scene; FBI; Dania Beach
THIS REPORT BY: Keyla Concepción/PIO 12/13/13 1845

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