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
The suspected serial robber referred to as the “Shaky Bandit” due to the best way his palms trembled whereas holding up banks might now quiver in a jail cell.
Authorities arrested Brandon Venditti, 22 — who federal brokers linked to as many as eleven financial institution robberies in Broward, Palm Seashore and Martin counties during the last three weeks — and Walter Roberts, 29, Tuesday after the duo led deputies on a excessive-velocity chase alongside Interstate seventy five, in line with a Collier County Sheriff’s Workplace arrest report.
Venditti, of Weston — also called the “Shaky Bandit” — faces federal financial institution theft costs. He’s accused of robbing a Wells Fargo at 12604 E. U.S. forty one in East Naples on Tuesday afternoon.
Roberts, of Fort Lauderdale, faces felony charges of fleeing and eluding law enforcement and possession of a controlled substance. He also faces misdemeanor charges of driving without a valid license and resisting arrest without violence.
The nine-mile chase along the highway began around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after a deputy in an unmarked patrol car near Davis and Collier boulevards spotted a grey Mazda hatchback that matched the description of a car that was 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 through 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 recognized the stop sticks, was able to maneuver around them and increased his speed to 120 mph, according to the report.
When deputies deployed stop sticks a second time, they were able to successfully strike three of the car’s tires.
The pursuit continued for another two miles as the Mazda’s “tires slowly deflated and the speeds dramatically reduced,” before the driver 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 of westbound I-75 before the driver — later identified as Roberts — exited the car, jumped the guardrail and ran toward a 15-foot tall chain-link fence, separating the highway from the Everglades, according to the report.
Roberts then successfully climbed the fence,…