SARASOTA -- A man about to plead in a Venice robbery case was arrested Wednesday after he robbed a bank in Sarasota, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
John Samuel Gay, 56, was arrested about 8 p.m. after a standoff with authorities at his Sarasota apartment. Gay is a habitual felon, with 22 prior felony arrests and 14 felony convictions, according to the sheriff's office.
Gay had been scheduled to be in court Thursday to accept a plea agreement in a Venice robbery case in which he faced a five-year prison sentence, according to the sheriff's office.
About 2:31 p.m. Wednesday, Gay robbed the Bank of America branch at 6525 S. Tamiami Trail, the sheriff's office said.
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Responding deputies identified Gay as the suspect and received information he had returned to his apartment in the 6300 block of Gateway Avenue. Deputies established a perimeter but Gay refused to leave his apartment, according to a report.
About 8 p.m., SWAT units were able to breach a window of the home and Gay surrendered peacefully.
Gay was being held without bond at the Sarasota County jail on a charge of robbery.