SARASOTA -- A man who robbed a bank in Venice while wearing what looks like an Albert Einstein Halloween mask in November 2013 was arrested on Wednesday, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
Matthew Donald Lynch Maxwell, 29, came into the Wells Fargo Bank at 1301 U.S. 41 Bypass in Venice on Nov. 2 and demanded money from one of the tellers, who gave it to him, according to deputies. He was wearing a Halloween mask and latex gloves.
One of the customers followed Maxwell as he left and saw him get on a bicycle and ride it to the rear of the bank, according to a report. The customer chased Maxwell and caught up to him in the parking lot of 1950 Center Road.
Maxwell then dropped the bicycle and sprayed the victim with pepper spray, according to deputies.
Maxwell removed the mask and got into a red Chevy Cruze and drove away, deputies said. The victim said he got a good look at Maxwell without the mask and took a picture of the car with his cell phone as it drove away.
Another witness who was sitting inside his vehicle nearby also saw the suspect without the mask.
On July 19, a tip identified Maxwell as the suspect. Deputies organized a photo lineup, and both witnesses picked out Maxwell's photo, according to the report. Maxwell's wife was a registered owner of a 2011 red Chevy Cruze at the time of the crime.
Maxwell is facing charges of bank robbery and battery. He was arrested in Atlanta.
Maxwell is also a suspect in a dozen other crimes and additional charges are pending, according to deputies.