Martin County Sheriff William Snyder talked Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, concerning the FBI’s seek for a person needed in a string of financial institution robberies, together with two Monday in Palm Metropolis and Port St. Lucie. EMILY BOHATCH/TCPALM
A theft suspect generally known as the “Shaky Bandit” due to the best way his arms trembled whereas holding up banks might now quiver in a jail cell.
Authorities arrested Brandon Venditti, 22, of Weston, and Walter Roberts, 29, of Fort Lauderdale, on Tuesday after the duo led deputies on a excessive-velocity chase on Alligator Alley, the Collier County Sheriff’s Workplace reported.
Venditti, also called the “Shaky Bandit,” faces federal financial institution theft expenses. He’s accused of robbing a Wells Fargo at 12604 E. U.S. forty one in East Naples on Tuesday afternoon, and federal brokers stated they’ve linked him to as many as eleven financial institution robberies in Broward, Palm Seashore and Martin counties over the previous three weeks.
Roberts faces felony charges of fleeing and eluding law enforcement officers and possession of a controlled substance. He also faces misdemeanor charges of driving without a valid license and resisting arrest without violence.
The 9-mile chase on Interstate 75 began about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after a deputy in an unmarked patrol car near Davis and Collier boulevards saw a gray Mazda hatchback that matched the description of a car reportedly used in a bank robbery in East Naples earlier that day, the report states.
The deputy followed the Mazda and activated his emergency lights and siren as the car pulled onto I-75, heading east.
But instead of pulling over, the driver of the Mazda increased his speed and passed the I-75 tollbooth “in excess of 85 mph,” according to the report.
More deputies, including a Sheriff’s Office aviation unit, joined in on the chase and tried to stop the Mazda near mile marker 96, using stop sticks to deflate the car’s tires, the report states.
The driver of the Mazda maneuvered around the stop sticks and sped to 120 mph, according to the report.
When deputies deployed stop sticks a second time, three of the car’s tires were punctured.
The pursuit continued for 2 more miles as the Mazda’s “tires slowly deflated and the speeds dramatically reduced.” The driver then veered across the median near mile marker 92 “as though he was going to travel in the wrong lanes of travel,” the report states.
The Mazda then came to a sudden stop in the outside lanes for westbound traffic before the driver, later identified as Roberts, exited the car, jumped the guardrail and ran toward a 15-foot tall chain-link fence separating I-75 from the Everglades, according to the…