Man charged in 2012 Bradenton Chase bank armed robbery

jdeleon@bradenton.comDecember 5, 2013 

MANATEE -- A Sarasota man has been formally charged with the armed robbery of a Bradenton Chase Bank.

Brent Leroy Henson was arrested for armed bank robbery at 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to an arrest report.

Henson was originally arrested in Sarasota on May 31, 2012, after investigators received a tip. With the aid of other local law enforcement agencies and the FBI, authorities arrested Henson and his son after a chase that ended with the suspects crashing their car into a wall in front of the John and Mabel Ringling Museum in Sarasota.

Henson was responsible for two bank robberies in Manatee County in 2012, according to officials.

On May 18, 2012, Bradenton police say that Henson walked into Chase Bank at 4915 Manatee Ave. E. in Bradenton inquiring about opening up a checking account.

Henson was escorted to a desk and a teller came over to assist him, according to the warrant. He then lunged at the teller with a syringe but the teller jumped out of his seat. Henson then approached another teller, demanded money and made off with more $3,000, police said.

On May 25, 2012, the Manatee Sheriff's Office says Henson committed armed robbery again at the Iberia Bank at 5844 14th St. W.

Henson reportedly walked in wearing a motorcycle helmet and asked for assistance from the bank manager. After being forced to remove the helmet, he then stuck her with a syringe. He then put on a blue latex glove, jumped over the counter and helped himself to over $5,000, according to investigators.

In both incidents Henson left in a car driven by his son Brandon Lee Henson, 18, authorities said.

Charges have not been filed in the Iberia bank robbery, due to insufficient evidence.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

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