PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives have charged a Port Charlotte teen with armed robbery, after an incident that occurred at a local bank drive-thru yesterday evening.
According to reports, a woman pulled into the drive-thru area of the Bank of America, located at 24051 Veterans Blvd., shortly after 8:30 p.m. to make a deposit. The woman had her 7-year-old son in the car with her.
While the victim was in the process of depositing the checks, a male dressed in all black clothing and carrying a handgun came up from the back of her car and approached the driver’s side window. The suspect demanded money, so the victim pressed the button to conduct another transaction. She withdrew cash from the ATM which the suspect grabbed as soon as it was dispensed. The suspect fled on foot and the woman sped away to report the incident.
While deputies were meeting with the victim at a nearby location, other deputies went to the area of Bank of America. The Sheriff’s Office’s Aviation Unit and members of the K9 Unit also responded. The Aviation Unit used its Forward Looking Infra-Red unit (FLIR) to locate a ‘hot spot’ in a wooded area near the bank. They directed the K9 units to that location and the K9 Units took the suspect, who was dressed as the victim described, into custody.
After further investigation, detectives arrested a 17-year-old on the charge Robbery with a Firearm or Weapon. He was booked into the Charlotte County Jail and turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.