Machete-wielding man arrested 10 minutes after robbery at Bradenton bank

May 6, 2013 

MANATEE -- A machete-wielding man who robbed a Bank of America branch Monday morning was arrested about 10 minutes after the hold-up, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 11:06 a.m., Brenan Cole Fountain, 31, walked into the bank at 3401 Cortez Road waving a machete above his head. He slammed his hand on a counter and demanded money, according to the sheriff's office.

After receiving some cash, Fountain left the bank, waving his hands in the air as to celebrate what he had just done, a sheriff's supervisor said. He drove away in a vehicle he had parked in front of the bank in a handicapped parking lot, the sheriff's said.

Apparently unknown to Fountain, a bank employee had followed him out of the bank and called 911.

At 11:12 a.m. deputies arrested Fountain in the 4600 block of 43rd Street West, about 11 blocks from the bank, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies found Fountain's weapon, as well as an undisclosed amount of cash taken from the bank, according to a report.

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