The FBI announced charges against four men who agents say robbed a Sun Trust Bank branch in Coral Springs and then led police on a chase into Miami-Dade County.
Carlos Jenkins, 24; Gregory Richardson, 34; Quinton Johnson, 29; and, Edward Rogers, 40, were arrested Wednesday and charged Thursday with bank robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, authorities said.
Police said Richardson confessed to authorities that he, Johnson, and Rogers planned the robbery by reviewing the bank security measures and choosing the getaway routes and vehicle drop location. Richardson further admitted that he and Rogers robbed the bank and that Jenkins was the getaway driver of a Dodge Charger, authorities said.
The defendants made their initial court appearances Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow in Fort Lauderdale. Additional hearings were set for Nov. 21, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., before the duty U.S. Magistrate Judge.
According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Richardson and Rogers entered the SunTrust Bank located at 9501 Wiles Road in Coral Springs on Nov. 14 wearing black clothing and a bandanna over their faces.
Richardson, armed with some sort of large metal clamp, vaulted the teller counter and demanded the teller to give him all the money, authorities said.
Investigators said Rogers brandished a firearm and ordered the bank customers in the lobby area to the floor.
One of the customers was carrying a bank deposit bag. Authorities said Rogers pointed his gun at that customer’s head and demanded he give him the bag.
After Rogers seized the customer’s bank bag and Richardson stole money from the teller, both men exited the bank, authorities said.
A witness observed a dark colored Nissan Sentra parked in front of the bank during the robbery. Moments after the robbery, another witness observed a dark Nissan Sentra stop abruptly and a black male exit the vehicle, authorities said.
Simultaneously, Jenkins pulled up in a gray Dodge Charger owned by Johnson, the affidavit said. That witness observed the man from the Nisaan dive into the back seat of the Dodge Charger, authorities said.
Investigators said they later found a loaded 9 mm handgun lying on the front passenger seat of the Nissan Sentra.
Soon thereafter, police officers said they observed a vehicle matching the description of the Dodge Charger on the Sawgrass Expressway. The operator of the Dodge Charger began to drive erratically and at a high rate of speed, authorities said.
Police officers from numerous departments pursued the Dodge Charger for approximately 36 miles into Miami-Dade County before the subject vehicle crashed, authorities said.
According to the affidavit, Richardson, Rogers and Jenkins exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot before the police apprehended all subjects.
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, said investigative efforts involved the FBI, the Coral Springs Police Department, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Miami-Dade Police Department, Hialeah Police Department, Opa Locka Police Department and Miramar Police Department.
This case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Dispoto.