Man accused of robbing Deerfield Beach bank in custody

Man abandoned car on railroad tracks, fled on foot, authorities say

Photo courtesy of the FBI.
Photo courtesy of the FBI.

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – A man accused of robbing a bank in Deerfield Beach Friday afternoon has been taken into custody, authorities said.

A call was received around 5:20 p.m. Friday about a bank robbery at the Bank of America at 1701 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said the man entered the bank, implied he had a weapon and demanded money from an employee.

Customers were in the bank at the time, the FBI said. No injuries were reported.

The FBI said the man fled the bank in a four-door Mercedes heading east on Hillsboro Boulevard. Police identified the getaway car as it left the bank and began to follow it.

Upon arriving at the railroad tracks on Hillsboro Boulevard, the man drove the Mercedes north on the tracks for 1/4 mile, where the car became disabled, the FBI said. The man abandoned the car on the tracks and fled on foot.

The railroad tracks were shut down Friday evening. The FBI said the tracks would remain closed until the getaway car is removed, and the tracks are inspected by officials from the railroad and deemed safe.

Authorities said the man was taken into custody. He has not been identified.

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers anonymously at 954-493-TIPS (8477), or the FBI at 754-703-2000.

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