The suspected serial robber referred to 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 — 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 accordance with a Collier County Sheriff’s Workplace arrest report.
Venditti, of Weston — also called the “Shaky Bandit” — faces federal financial institution theft fees. 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 expenses of fleeing and eluding regulation enforcement and possession of a managed substance. He additionally faces misdemeanor expenses of driving and not using a legitimate license and resisting arrest with out violence.
The 9-mile chase alongside the freeway started round 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after a deputy in an unmarked patrol automotive close to Davis and Collier boulevards noticed a gray Mazda hatchback that matched the outline of a automotive that was reportedly utilized in a financial institution theft in East Naples earlier that day, the report states.
The deputy adopted the Mazda and activated his emergency lights and siren because the automotive pulled onto I-seventy five, heading east.
However as an alternative of pulling over, the driving force of the Mazda elevated his velocity and handed by way of the I-seventy five tollbooth “in extra of eighty five mph,” based on the report.
Extra deputies, together with a Sheriff’s Workplace aviation unit, joined in on the chase and tried to cease the Mazda close to mile marker ninety six, utilizing cease sticks to deflate the automotive’s tires, the report states.
The driving force of the Mazda acknowledged the cease sticks, was capable of maneuver round them and elevated his velocity to one hundred twenty mph, in response to the report.
When deputies deployed cease sticks a second time, they have been capable of efficiently strike three of the automotive’s tires.
The pursuit continued for an additional two miles because the Mazda’s “tires slowly deflated and the speeds dramatically lowered,” earlier than the driving force veered throughout the median close to mile marker ninety two “as if he was going to journey within the mistaken lanes of journey,” the report states.
The Mazda then got here to a sudden cease within the outdoors lanes of westbound I-seventy five earlier than the driving force — later recognized as Roberts — exited the automotive, jumped the guardrail and ran towards a 15-foot tall chain-hyperlink fence, separating the freeway from the Everglades, in response to the report.
Roberts then efficiently climbed the fence, which is topped with “a number of layers of barbed wire,” and jumped into the canal on the opposite aspect, deputies wrote.
However as Roberts tried to climb the embankment on the opposite aspect of the canal, deputies who had gained entry to the dust street alongside the canal held him on the water’s edge at gunpoint earlier than pulling him up into the grass and…