BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Lee County Sheriff's deputies have one man in custody, accused in a Bonita Springs bank robbery.
Robert Souza, 36, of 3650 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, was arrested and charged with robbery, for robbing the Bonita Springs BB&T Bank.
It happened at the BB &T branch on Vanderbilt and Bonita Beach Road. So far, there is no official arrest.
"Right where we had to stop for the light at Vanderbilt and 41, a gazillion police cars. One at the bank on the left side, they had more police cars on the 41 side and they had yellow tape across so you couldn't get in and out of the driveway," said Micki Gillespie, who was driving by.
Deputies say that's exactly what happened at 9:30 Monday morning. Soon after the branch opened up, deputies say Souza went into the bank, and slipped a note to one of the tellers, demanding cash.
He then ran out the door, but deputies arrived soon after.
"Absolutely, they were everywhere. going this way, that way, probably up on Vanderbilt, up in the air, absolutely," said Gillespie.
Souza didn't get very far. Deputies caught the man they think is responsible, only a few blocks down the road in the Publix parking lot on Bonita Beach Road. They say it was callers that saw someone suspicious and tipped them off.
"Looking for anyone suspicious. Asked me if there was any one in the store that was out of place, looked nervous," said Larry McCoy, who works in that plaza.
Deputies say Souza didn't appear to have a weapon. A note on the door tells customers the bank is closed for the day.
"I was shocked that someone would waste their time going to that little area. Where you can't get in and out of anyway, I mean why would you do that? Going to rob a bank, go to 75 or something. Not that I know," said Gillespie.