PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – A suspect has been arrested following the attempted robbery of an armored truck courier Wednesday morning, authorities said.
According to the FBI, Edmanuel Victoria, 28, of Hollywood, was taken into custody in Dania Beach by the Broward Sheriff’s Office within a couple of hours of the robbery.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Pembroke Pines police officers responded to a robbery attempt just after 10 a.m. at a Bank of America, located at 18291 Pines Blvd.
Investigators said a man was delivering or picking up cash at the bank in an armored vehicle and was ambushed by an armed robber.
Authorities said the employee who was delivering the money handed the bag over to the suspect and then fired gunshots as the robber fled the scene in a black Nissan Altima with Florida tag HUYT59 that was reported stolen.
According to BSO, the suspect fled westbound on Pines Boulevard and was possibly armed before being taken into custody in Dania Beach.
Local 10 News spoke with one woman who works near the Bank of America and heard the sound of gunshots going off.
“We were just getting ready to open up and we heard the sound outside and I thought it was a gunshot, but I was pretty sure,” said Carol Garcia, who works nearby. “I’ve lived in the area for about 30 years and there have been few incidents.”
Detectives said access to a nearby shopping plaza was temporarily restricted while the investigation continues.
Sky 10 flew over the scene where police officers were investigating outside of the Bank of America and other businesses in the area.
Police said that no one was injured during the shooting but were trying to keep people calm.
“It’s broad daylight, roughly at 10 o’clock in the morning in a busy shopping center at a bank where members of our community and other people are coming and going as they please to handle business at a bank,” said Adam Feiner, of the Pembroke Pines Police Department.
Pembroke Pines police said the FBI is now leading the investigation.
Victoria remains in federal custody and is expected to appear in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.
UPDATE: Officers have detained a subject regarding this incident.— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) June 7, 2023
The FBI is assuming the lead on the investigation, and any additional information will be released through their agency. https://t.co/nRjBMhg2QK
UPDATE: This incident occurred near the Bank of America (18291 Pines Boulevard). A security guard fired shots at the suspect, causing them to flee in a black Nissan Altima (FL Tag HUYT59).— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) June 7, 2023
No one on scene was injured. Our investigation remains on-going. Contact police with info. https://t.co/mKjIwfzNsP
Officers are searching for a black Nissan Altima with FL tag HUYT59 that fled westbound on Pines Boulevard following an attempted robbery at Pines Boulevard & NW 184 Avenue. The driver may be armed.— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) June 7, 2023
Please contact 954-431-2200 or 911 with any information. pic.twitter.com/3PWjNBl4Zl