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[UPDATE] LCSO Makes Arrest in Bank Robbery

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Updated 9/30 9:40 AM --

On Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at approximately 9:51am, Jesse L. Green walked into the Farmers and Merchants Bank, located at 4210 West Tennessee Street. Green approached a teller, tried to hide his face and demanded money. Green fled the bank with the stolen cash, got into a red car and was later arrested at 3216 Nekoma Lane Apt. B, after TPD Officer David Aldridge spotted the vehicle parked near the residence.

Violent Crime Detectives conducted witness interviews and collected physical evidence, including clothing worn in the robbery and cash, from the scene on Nekoma Lane. Jesse L. Green was later
interviewed by detectives and admitted to committing the robbery.

Since then, detectives have continued to pursue leads, conduct interviews and complete forensic examinations. On September 29, 2010, detectives located and interviewed Nakeva Springer, 25.
Detectives learned that Springer was the driver of the car used in the robbery. Springer knew about Green’s plans to commit the robbery and agreed to help. Springer drove Green to the bank and then
profited from the robbery by receiving some of the stolen money as payment.

Sheriff Larry Campbell stated, “These detectives have worked non-stop in following up on this case. They have compared notes with other agencies and reviewed all of the evidence available to them.
Their hard work in this incident has finally paid off.”

Nakeva Springer, DOB 2-20-1985, has been arrested.

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Updated 9/21 7:11 pm

The same bank in Tallahassee is robbed for the third time in six months.

Tuesday morning's hold up took place only a month after the last robbery.

It's not even surprising anymore.

"Every time we come by here in the morning 9, 10, 11:00, there's always some time." Said Tallahassee resident Steven Hamilton.

The Farmers and Merchants Bank at 4210 West Tennessee Street in the Walmart shopping center in Tallahassee is robbed again.

Leon County Sheriff's deputies say at 9:50 Tuesday morning, a man walked in, implied he had a weapon, and walked out with an undisclosed amount of money.

It's similar to what happened on August 17th when authorities say a man pointed a gun and ran off with money; and on March 18th of this year when a man falsely claimed to have a bomb before taking off with cash.

Hamilton said, "One time we were sitting in the parking lot me and my wife and a guy comes flying out of here, runs over into Walmart, runs through and runs through the back door. I just think it's crazy."

This time there's an arrest.

55-year-old Jesse Green is charged with robbery for Tuesday's hold up.

Deputies say witnesses saw Green get in a red car, which left through the Walmart parking lot and went east down Tharpe Street.

Authorities say they spotted the sedan parked at 3216 Nekoma Lane.

LT Tim Baxter with the Leon County Sheriff's Office said, "We do just have basically money being taken at this point and people being put in extreme fear. Anytime something like this happens, it's a traumatizing event."

Authorities say Green ended up admitting to the bank robbery.

Deputies say additional charges are likely.

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*** Update 9-21-2010 5:43 PM *** PRESS RELEASE

On Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at approximately 9:51am, a man walked into the Farmers and Merchants Bank, located at 4210 West Tennessee Street. The man approached a teller, tried to conceal his face and demanded money. He left with cash and was last seen getting into a red sedan. Moments later, deputies from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Tallahassee Police Department flooded the area searching for the vehicle and suspect.
TPD Officer David Aldridge spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s car parked on Nekoma Lane. Deputies, detectives and officers made contact with Jesse L. Green at 3216 Nekoma Lane Apt B and noticed that he matched the description of the suspect in the robbery.
Detectives conducted witness interviews and collected physical evidence, including clothing worn in the robbery and cash, from the scene on Nekoma Lane. Jesse L. Green was interviewed by
detectives and admitted to committing the robbery. This investigation is continuing and additional charges are likely.

ARRESTED
Jesse L. Green
DOB: 10-17-1954
(click picture icon above)

Charges: Robbery

[UPDATE] -- (9/21 12:00PM)

The Farmers and Merchants Bank at 4210 West Tennessee Street near Wal-Mart was robbed again. Leon County Sheriff's deputies say it happened at just about the same time, 9:30-10:00AM, as yesterday's (9-20) robbery at the FAMU Credit Union.

Deputies say a man walked into the Farmers and Merchants Bank around 9:50 this morning (9/21) and implied he had a weapon. The man is described as a black man in his 40s with gray stubble on his chin, about 6'1" and 220 to 240 pounds. Deputies say the man tried to pull up his shirt to partially cover his face. Authorities say no one was injured but bank employees are shaken up.

Deputies say the suspect left on foot, but say a witness later saw him get in an older model red car. They say the car left through the Wal-Mart parking lot and then headed east on Tharpe Street. This same bank was just robbed last month on August 17. At that robbery, authorities say the suspect was seen fleeing in a maroon car.

Deputies are looking into if this robbery is related to other recent bank robberies and plan to release some surveillance photos later today.

Eyewitness News reporter Lanetra Bennett was live on the scene.

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The Leon County Sheriff's Office is on-scene investigating a bank robbery located at 4210 West Tennessee Street (Farmers & Merchants). No one was injured.

No other information is available at this time.

WCTV is sending a crew to the scene and we will update you on the latest.


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