BRADENTON -- A homeless man called his mother before robbing a Bradenton bank just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to Bradenton police.
Brian Giannolla, 57, was arrested soon after investigators say he robbed the Bank of the Ozarks, 2102 59th St. W., Bradenton, and then led Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies on a brief pursuit.
Giannolla remains in custody at the Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $275,000. He is charged with fleeing to elude and bank robbery.
After his arrest, Giannolla reportedly told detectives at the Bradenton police station he called his mother to tell her one of the three things was going to happen:
He was going to get shot and killed;
He was going to be arrested; or
He was going get away with it.
Giannolla told detectives
he was desperate because he had been living in his car for about a month and hadn't had anything to eat in three days.
He said he didn't know how much he had taken but it was all in his pocket. Investigators recovered more than $2,800.
After police received a silent bank alarm, witnesses said the robber left in a green SUV wearing a John Deere hat, long-sleeve shirt with gray shirt underneath and a red bandanna on his face.
Minutes later, a deputy tried to stop the suspect vehicle in the 2600 block of Cortez Road West, but it continued to head east on Cortez Road until turning south on 15th Street East -- into oncoming traffic.
The suspect then cut through a Burger King parking lot at the intersection of 53rd Avenue West and ran a red light at the intersection of 53rd Avenue West and Fifth Street West.
Stop sticks were deployed in the 1100 block of 53rd Avenue West, flattening a front tire, and then again near the intersection with 14th Street West. Giannolla then pulled into the parking lot behind Dunkin' Donuts and was arrested.
During an interview with detectives and FBI agents, Giannola said he went to Blake Medical Center and was admitted for five days last week.
When driving past the Bank of the Ozarks, he thought it would be an easy pick, a detective reported.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.