Police: Bank robbery suspect crashes vehicle after fleeing from officers

Multiple agencies were at the scene of a bad car crash in Broward County.

TAMARAC, Fla. – Multiple agencies were at the scene of a bad car crash in Broward County.

Witnesses told Local 10 News a car being chased by police down Commercial Boulevard near the entrance for the Florida Turnpike hit several vehicles before flipping over Saturday afternoon.

An FBI official told Local 10 that when the car finally came to a rest, money was flying out of its windows.

That’s because officials said the suspect who was in the vehicle, 46-year-old Robert Willis, had just robbed a TD Bank located at 1371 West Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton.

The robbery occurred at approximately 12:45 p.m.

“It was a high speed chase, it basically was like a hit and run they just kept on hitting a lot of cars,” said Daneajah Dozier, a witness.

Mugshot for 46-year-old Robert Willis (Broward Sheriff's Office)

The FBI, Broward Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol were all at the scene.

Following the robbery, Willis drove off southbound on I-95 in an attempt to escape officers.

He then barricaded himself inside the vehicle for some time, authorities said.

Once in custody, Willis was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

After being check out, he was booked into jail overnight.

“We pulling and they got guns and stuff all right there,” said Chanel Rockefeller, a witness. “It looked like they were checking cars and they tell us to turn around and we got a hotel here. It’s like, ‘where we supposed to go?”

An FBI official told Local 10 News they are looking into the possibility that Willis is connected to other robberies in the area.


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Joseph Ojo joined Local 10 in April 2021. Born and raised in New York City, he previously worked in Buffalo, North Dakota, Fort Myers and Baltimore.