Suspect, person of interest sought in robbery of Bradenton Chase Bank

BRADENTON -- Bradenton Police Officers responded to an armed robbery at the Chase Bank, 4915 Manatee Ave. E., at 6:15 p.m. Friday, May 18.

The suspect entered the bank and inquired about opening a checking account. Bank employees became suspicious of the subject because he was wearing a medical mask, which concealed his face, according to a police department press release.

The suspect then displayed a medical syringe with an unknown liquid inside of it, and demanded money from the teller while making threatening remarks towards the employees.

The suspect fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

Approximately an hour earlier, a subject entered the bank and asked for change for a dollar bill, but then asked for $10 in quarters. The subject only had $9 and received that same amount in quarters before leaving the bank.

Bradenton police officers, with the assistance of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect armed with a medical syringe is described as a dark-haired 6-foot male, weighing 150 - 160 pounds, wearing a white long-sleeved, button-down shirt, blue jeans, black shoes, white baseball cap, black sunglasses, and a white medical mask.

The male who asked for change from the teller prior to the bank robbery is described as a white male, who wore a white tank-top, gray sweatpants, and sandals with white socks.

Anyone having information with regard to this case is asked to call the Bradenton Police Department at 941-932-9300, Detective Jeff Beckley at 941-932-9328 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip thru the web at