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Deputies Take Down Two Bank Robbers; Both Suspected of Other Bank Robberies in Area
Friday, March 1, 2013

Two bank robbers have been tracked down and arrested within a couple hours of their crimes.

The first bank robbery occurred on March 1, 2013 at approximately 2:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo bank located at 11801 Palm Beach Boulevard.  Deputies met with several witnesses inside the bank and received a brief description of the suspect and the vehicle the suspect fled in.  A few minutes later, deputies located a vehicle matching the description a few miles from the scene at Orange River Boulevard and Buckingham Road.  A traffic stop was conducted and the driver matching the description fled from the vehicle.  A perimeter was established and a K-9 track led to the apprehension of the suspect identified as Jose Figueroa, DOB 7-10-72.

The second bank robbery occurred at approximately 5:00 p.m.  Deputies were called to the Fifth Third Bank at 15221 S. Tamiami Trail.  Witnesses said the suspect implied he had a weapon and demanded money.  The victims complied with the demand and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.  During the ensuing investigation, including interviews with witnesses, robbery detectives developed Daniel Ball, DOB 8-2-76, as a suspect.  Ball was tracked by Lee County sheriff's deputies and the U.S. Marshal's Regional Fugitive Task Force (comprised of members of the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Fort Myers Police Department, U.S. Marshal's Office, Cape Coral Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Charlotte County Sheriff's Office) and located in Lehigh Acres where he was arrested without incident.  Ball had two outstanding warrants for bank robberies in the city of Ft. Myers during the past week and is also a suspect in other bank robberies throughout Lee County.  Robbery detectives believe Figueroa may also be responsible for other bank robberies in the county as well.

The investigation continues.

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