BOKEELIA, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff's deputies have one person in custody after a Bank of America robbery at 9:25 a.m. at 5041 Pine Island Road NW.
LCSO arrested 36-year-old Jesse Pence, of Desotos County, for robbery without a weapon. Pence also had an outstanding warrant for violating his probation on a drug charge.
Deputies picked up not one, not two, but four people, during an early Thursday morning bank robbery investigation, that happened at a Tipton Road home on Pine Island.
"Cops pulled in my yard, the neighbors yard, with guns and their dogs running for that last apartment," said next door neighbor Desiree Williamson.
Deputies say one of those men robbed the Bank of America branch half way down the road, he demanded money from the teller.
A former employee, Mary Scott rushed to the scene.
She was robbed when she was a teller at that same bank many years ago.
"The money can be resolved but the traumatic effects of what happened will stay with them for quite a while," said Scott.
Deputies stopped and searched traffic coming off the island.
And Pine Island Elementary was temporarily on lockdown.
"It was crazy. i mean just to see cops show up out of nowhere and the culprit being 20 feet away from you," said next door neighbor John Lambrecht.
Those who knew the people taken away in handcuffs were surprised.
"They are actually really good people. I didn't think they had this in them that's for sure," said Allen Rowell, a friend of the suspect.
But others who live on the street aren't as shocked.
"They are on drugs, it's a drug house down there, everyone knows about it so when you live by a house like that these things happen," said Williamson.
A narcotics unit was at the scene throughout the night.