[UPDATE] LCSO Detectives Investigating Kidnapping and Robbery

UPDATED 2.23.2011 7:10pm by Julie Montanaro

The credit union is offering a 10-thousand dollar reward for information leading to an arrest.

The Tallahassee Leon Federal Credit Union issued the following statement:

"Tallahassee Leon Federal Credit Union is deeply saddened by the events that took place on the morning of February 21st. Our thoughts are with our employee and their family at this very difficult time.

We ask that our community provide any information available to the proper authorities. We are committed to the apprehension of the criminals responsible for this terrible act.

Our employees are well trained in security and robbery techniques and we have many sophisticated systems in place to prevent and respond to situations like these, but this particular situation was very unique and disturbing."

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UPDATED 2.23.2011 7pm by Julie Montanaro

It's a bank heist like no other and it has financial institutions acrossTallahassee on pins and needles tonight.

A credit union employee was kidnapped from his front yard, taken at gunpoint and driven across town to open the vault.

The robbers struck before dawn Monday, but they didn't just walk through the door at Tallahassee Leon Federal Credit Union. Deputies say they laid in wait at a credit union employee's home and forced him to drive clear across town at gunpoint ... to let them in.

"It seems to me like somebody had to have known where he worked, followed him you know. It had to have been planned out. It couldn't have been something random. No way," said neighbor Joshua Holden.

Neighbors on Huckleberry Lane knew there had been a robbery on the block, but were shocked to hear the rest of the story. While one robber drove cross town, the other stayed behind at the man's home and tied up his wife and father with duct tape.

"It's disturbing, really," Holden said.

We asked LCSO Spokesman James McQuaig if they have any idea how they tracked the employee to his home.

"Well, some parts of this investigation are active and ongoing so we cannot discuss that, but we do believe there was a considerable amount of planning that went into this," McQuaig said.

The ordeal ended almost an hour later, deputies say, when the credit union employee was brought back home.

He couldn't open the credit union vault, so the robber made him withdraw money from an ATM instead.

"Sometimes people can watch movies and they can see tv and they think that you're going to go to an institution and you're going to open the safe and there's going to be all this money sitting there and that's not how it is in reality," said Mike Bridges with the League of Southeastern Credit Unions. "The failsafes are there. The security is there."

No one was hurt in the kidnapping and robbery. Perhaps the only other good news is the credit union was closed for President's Day or a whole host of credit union employees could have come face to face with that gun toting robber.

LCSO encourages bank and credit union employees to alter their daily routes to and from work to try to avoid becoming a target.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

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Tallahassee, FL - At approximately 6:30 a.m. on February 21, 2011, an employee of Tallahassee Leon Federal Credit Union was approached by an unknown black male with a gun outside of his residence in the 6200 block of Huckleberry Lane. One suspect entered the residence and bound two additional victims with duct tape while another suspect made the credit union employee drive to the Tallahassee Leon Federal Credit Union located at 1827 Capital Circle North East.

Once they entered the credit union, the victim was ordered to open the vault, but was unable to. The victim ultimately removed money from his personal account by using the ATM. The suspect and the victim then returned to the residence. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and the victim’s car, but abandoned it a short distance from the residence. No one was injured during this incident.

Anyone with information about this incident is requested to contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 922-3300 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477). Remember, Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information. You could be eligible for up to a $1,000.00 reward.

Suspect #1 is described as a Black Male, 6’0”, and 200 lbs, wearing a black “Dickies” style shirt, black mask and gloves. (The photo attached is from the credit union’s surveillance system)

Suspect #2 is described as a black male 6’0” – 6’2”, 320 pounds, wearing all black clothing, tan work boots and a camouflage mask.


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  • by Idiot Location: A Slippery Slope on Feb 25, 2011 at 08:04 PM
    @ Seriously simple: Are you saying these crimes that are constantly committed by "the usual suspect" are being committed with assault weapons? If so youre wrong! Most of these bandits use simple handguns that are the same guns used by citizens for protection. The bigger picture about this gun control issue is reflective in the crime rate in the cities and places where guns are banned from ordinary people for protection. Places Like NY NY, W DC, and many more. 1 10th of 1% of gun crimes are committed by legal gun owners. the size of the gun, the number of rounds have nothing to do with violent crimes. Are you thinking that only the police and military should have assualt weapons? What happenms when those people are ordered to assault the public like in so many other countries right now, and the same thing has happened here. I guess you are used to living on your knees. A weapon levels the play field for each of us, they make a 100# woman equal to a 280# mugger.
  • by seriously on Feb 25, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    @idiot why is there this perpetual notion that tightening gun laws in regards to certain ridiculous assault weapons (that no one needs for any lawful reason) would take away the guns that law abiding citizens have to protect themselves??? oh wait I know, it's because there's a lot of folks with your name!
  • by Idiot on Feb 25, 2011 at 04:58 AM
    Your local criminals work hard, and put their lives on the line everytime they attempt to murder, rape, abduct or assault a member of your community. They desperately need your help. With your support, there may finally come a day when a vi...olent criminal can have his way with you or someone you love, without the fear, anxiety and stress caused by knowing there's a possibility his victim may be armed. Please show your support by voting for stronger gun control legislation- Because criminals prefer unarmed citizens. Thank you for your support.
  • by Jim Location: Madison on Feb 24, 2011 at 04:56 PM
    Does anyone have a description of the robbers. I stopped reading the TD because they would not report the description of the subspects.
  • by I agree with Kent Location: Tallahassee on Feb 24, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    Way to Go Kent! God has everything to do with this and in due time this world will see...u are absolutely correct they took him out of schools, Jonesboro, Columbine, V-Tech happened, they took him out of the govt, look at the crisis we are in now....People think money and things and power rule the world, thats why Satan has a grip on us allowing us to destroy ourselves...the sooner we turn back to God and acknowledge that HEE IS God and that he has a place in EVERYTHING we do, we might be able to turn this warped country around...Dont be fooled the things of this world, crime killing murdering raping those people are serving the devil and NOT GOD and if they were serving God properly they wouldnt be happening!!! Thank you Kent for some reality on these posts full of people with nothing to say worth reading...
  • by Local Belle on Feb 24, 2011 at 11:58 AM
    I have taken a gun safety course at the Wakulla County Shooting Range. I have bought a pistol and I am going to get a permit. Even though I am a southern lady, I will dust your britches if you mess with me.
  • by Idiot on Feb 24, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    Just a few months ago a gang of thieves were doing the same thing with business owners.Following the managers home. Several citizens traumatized by these ruthless bandits and our local detectives felt it best to keep this out of the news. The usual suspects. I wouldnt leave my house without being armed and dangerous and like it or not, profiling works, if you see something out of place it probably is. It seems the majority of these victims have become relaxed and lost their natural instincts. Look both ways when coming and going, look for exits and weapons at a glance, anything you might use if you are caught without your firearm in quick distance. I understand some times we get ambushed. Makes me wonder if the bank he worked at allowed him to carry his weapon in his vehicle to work? Imagine the trolls surprise had you drawn down on them with a one step warning! If these vermin are not caught they'll strike again.Will you be ready to defend your life and the lives of those you love?
  • by It's possible Location: greater Tally area on Feb 24, 2011 at 10:38 AM
    Not sure where this will end up... But if the bank emp. was involved We'll find out he owed some one a lot of money. If not it was a some-what well planned robbery... except for the fact the bank guy couldnt get into the vault for the big prize but had to settle for second best with an ATM withdrawal...
  • by Craigy Location: TLH on Feb 24, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    Some of those people and houses in that neighborhood are asking for things like that. I have known several robberies and such, and when you have people there who are not being careful, who do not have safety precautions,this happens. Rough area, rough happenings.
  • by seriously? on Feb 24, 2011 at 08:00 AM
    @Puzzled & Young, a planned inside job... so they could get money out of his own account via the ATM and that's it?!?
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