MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. – A two-year plot to rob two armored bank vehicles and kill the drivers ended last month on Interstate 95 in Martin County, authorities announced Thursday.
Three suspects were arrested hours before they planned to act on their alleged plot, according to the Martin County Sheriff's Office.
Daryl Canady, Alger Ellison and Martiavius Williams, all of Palm Beach County, were taken into custody on the morning of Feb. 20 after authorities swarmed them in the southbound lanes of I-95.
According to a federal affidavit, the group planned to rob an armored truck that was picking up a large sum of money from a PNC Bank branch on Gatlin Boulevard in Port St. Lucie.
Authorities said the suspects mapped out a plan to steal millions of dollars before fatally shooting the two armored-truck guards.
Investigators said the suspects then planned to rob another armored truck, again plotting to kill the guards.
BANK ROBBER ARREST
TWO YEAR PLOT TO ROB ARMORED BANK CAR AND MURDER DRIVERS ENDS WITH DRAMATIC TAKEDOWN ON INTERSTATE IN MARTIN COUNTY, THREE ARRESTED The execution of a plot to rob and murder two armored car employees who were scheduled to pick up millions of dollars in cash in Port St. Lucie, ended in Martin County with a dramatic takedown involving the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Port St. Lucie Police, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office and the FBI. Three suspects who were plotting to commit the violent robbery were arrested just hours before they could pull off the deadly heist. Through investigative leads, the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, (a multi-agency unit specializing in violent crimes in South Florida), was able to develop enough probable cause to arrange a special operation take-down that spanned from Palm Beach County to St. Lucie County. That operation concluded on the interstate in Martin County, as multiple law enforcement agencies converged upon the car carrying the violent masterminds of the failed deadly plot. The suspects, identified as Daryl Canady a/k/a, “Doo-Doo”, Alger Lee Ellison, a/k/a, “Al’, and Martiavius Leon Williams, a/k/a, “Man” , all of Palm Beach County, were taken into custody after being surrounded by a swarm of law enforcement officials in the southbound lanes of I-95, just south of the SR 714 exit. The takedown happened before 9:00am, on Tuesday, February, 20th. Law enforcement officers shut down part of the interstate to avoid any potential danger to passing motorists. Within moments, the suspects surrendered. According to the federal affidavit, the group had planned to rob an arrmored truck picking up a large bank run from a PNC Bank, located at 1309 SW Gatlin Boulevard in Port St. Lucie. The suspects mapped out a plan to steal millions of dollars before shooting and killing the two employees in the truck. Once that was successful, the suspects planned to carry out a second deadly robbery targeting another armored bank car. The three suspects were arrested and taken back to Palm Beach County. They remain in federal custody.Posted by Martin County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, March 1, 2018
The joint takedown involved the Martin County Sheriff's Office, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office and the FBI.
All three suspects were taken back to Palm Beach County, where they remain in federal custody.