A prison parolee charged with robbing a Wells Fargo bank in Bradenton on Thursday afternoon was booked into the Manatee County jail Friday morning after spending several hours in a local hospital where he was treated for a drug overdose.
Kevin Potts, 42, was developed as a suspect by detectives with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office shortly after the robbery, according to spokesman Dave Bristow.
At about 1:30 p.m., detectives say Potts walked into the Wells Fargo, 404 53rd Ave. W., and handed a note to a teller demanding money. The note, according to the sheriff’s office, read: “$20, $50, $100. No dye packs. No locators. I’m armed.”
The teller took the note, walked over to the drive-through teller station and told another teller they were being robbed, according to an affidavit. Potts called her back and she returned, opened her cash drawer, removed an undisclosed amount of cash and handed it to him.
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Potts fled on foot and was last seen running east along 53rd Avenue West, detectives said. No injuries were reported.
An anonymous tipster identified Potts as the suspected bank robber several hours later, according to the affidavit. When detectives showed the teller a photo array, she chose Potts’ photo and said she was almost 90 percent sure he was the bank robber.
On Sept. 14, 2015, Potts was released from a New Jersey prison on parole for convictions of grand theft of more than $300 but less than $5,000, possession of a controlled substance, two counts of petit theft and armed robbery. Potts was scheduled to remain under the supervision of Florida Department of Corrections until Sept. 14, 2018.
Detectives tracked Potts to his residence Friday morning and found him overdosing. Several hours later, he was released from a hospital and booked into the Manatee County jail on an armed robbery charge. He is being held without bond.