Crime

Suspect arrested in 2 Manatee bank robberies

MANATEE - The Manatee County Sheriff's Office said it has arrested the man who twice robbed a Fifth Third bank branch earlier this year.

Roger Woodrow Jones, 55, of the 2900 block of 50th Avenue West, Bradenton, was arrested this afternoon in connection with hold-ups April 28 and July 17 at the Fifth Third Bank located at 5305 26th St. W., according to a news release. Detectives arrested Jones at his residence, which is about six blocks from the bank.

This is the second arrest deputies have made in the case. On July 24, detectives arrested Jamie Ray Vickers for the July 17 robbery, but a judge ordered his release on his own recognizance after his attorney argued that he was not the robber. The sheriff's office said today that investigators have talked with the state attorney's office about not charging Vickers in the case, according to the release.

Detectives arrested Jones on an arrest warrant for two counts of armed robbery. Jones became a suspect after detectives received information from Crime Stoppers earlier this week, according to the news release.

Detectives also executed a search warrant at Jones' residence. Physical evidence was discovered that links Jones to the robberies, and two tellers from the bank have identified Jones as the person who robbed the bank, the sheriff's office said.

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