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Robbery suspect shot after attempted heist

BRADENTON — A 66-year-old bank robbery suspect is recovering from a gunshot wound after police opened fire on him Tuesday during a traffic stop, according to Bradenton Police Department.

Charles T. Kincaid Jr. of Sebring was scheduled for surgery Tuesday night and listed in fair condition, according to officials at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. He was arrested on one count of attempted bank robbery and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer.

Kincaid, who is expected to fully recover, attempted to rob Gateway Bank, 2100 Manatee Ave. W. at 1:37 p.m., according to Bradenton Police.

After receiving a phone call from bank employees, who kept Kincaid locked out of the bank, police were able to stop Kincaid in the blue Dodge pickup 14 blocks away in a residential neighborhood, said Bradenton Police Deputy Chief William Tokajer.

Three blue Dodge pickups were pulled over by police officers, and Kincaid was stopped in the southbound lane in the 1500 block of 26th Street West in front of a couple of white frame houses.

The stop happened in front of 53-year-old Kathy Kitterman’s home. The sirens distracted her from watching television.

“Cops were swarming on him. They are all screaming at him, ‘Get out of the truck,’” she said, noting they then began shooting after several warnings. “At that time, I’m diving down, calling my husband, and my dog’s going crazy. It was pretty scary.”

Kincaid pulled a gun on the officers during the traffic stop while he was still sitting in the driver’s seat, Tokajer said. He also had another pistol on him, he said.

“The officers saw the threat, fired on the individual and shot him in the arm,” Tokajer said.

According to the accounts of several neighbors, Kincaid was told to put his hands up and get out of the truck before shots were fired. None of the neighbors said they saw a gun.

Fran Misselli, 49, who lives just across the street from where Kincaid was stopped, watched detectives and street crimes unit officers go by. She said she hopped on her bike to get a closer look.

“‘Put your hands up. Put the gun down,’” she said she heard officers shout before a couple of shots were fired. “He was alive. He was bleeding. He would not move. Finally, he got out of the vehicle on his own.”

Misselli said Kincaid had snow white hair and appeared to be in his 60s.

“They gave him fair warning,” she said. “He didn’t listen. He didn’t respond at all.”

Two officers were involved in the shooting. Two shots were fired with one bullet striking Kincaid in his arm and upper chest area, Tokajer said.

Kincaid exited the vehicle and was taken to the ground, where officers administered first aid until paramedics arrived.

The identity of the two officers involved in the shooting was not disclosed by police. Both officers will be on administrative leave with pay while the department conducts an investigation, Tokajer said.

Bank employees called police after they watched a man wearing overalls and T-shirt walk up to the door.

He had latex gloves on his hands, a bandanna covering part of his face and a baseball cap covering his head, said Cindy Denison, group vice president for Gateway Bank.

Only Kincaid never made it in the door.

The bank’s doors are magnetically locked. All customers have to be let into the bank via remote by a bank employee, Denison said.

Aside from Kincaid’s suspicious appearance, bank employees recognized him as matching the description of the man who robbed the First Bank branch in the 3000 block of 53rd Avenue East on May 18.

In that hold-up, the suspect was wearing overalls and fled in a pickup truck, authorities said. Investigators at Manatee County Sheriff’s Office also said Kincaid is a suspect in another bank robbery from fall 2008.

Beth Burger, criminal justice reporter, can be reached at 708-7919.

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