PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives Tuesday arrested Robin Patrick Conte, 51, of 2125 Tea Street, for Armed Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. This new charge is for the Oct. 18 armed robbery of the Asian Cai Lay Market, on El Jobean Road. He’s been in the Charlotte County Jail since Nov. 8 in connection with the Nov. 1 robbery of the SunTrust Bank.
A man entered the Asian Cai Lay Market armed with a knife and demanded money from an employee who refused to open the cash register. The robber then turned to a customer and stole $60 cash. The robber fled the store, but was not apprehended. On Nov. 1 a man held up the SunTrust Bank on Murdock Circle, and fled with an undetermined amount of money. Detectives said the overall robbery suspect’s description and close proximity of both business robberies may have been committed by the same man. Further investigation by detectives positively identified Conte and a warrant was issued.
Conte was located at Tampa General Hospital for an undisclosed medical condition. Upon his release he was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail on Nov. 8. Tuesday, he was arrested at the jail for the armed robbery of the Asian Cai Lay Market. Conte remains in jail on no bond.