[UPDATE] Suspect Arrested in Hancock Bank Robbery

[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Fl--April 20, 2012--6:30pm

U.S. Marshals have arrested the bank robbery suspect. The robbery happened Thursday at the Hancock Bank in the 2600 block of South Monroe Street in Tallahassee. Deputies say Joshua Whitaker approached the teller, implied he had a weapon, handed her a note, demanding money, then ran off. Just before 6 p.m. today, police arrested Whitaker at the corner of Thomasville Road and Ox Bottom.
U.S. Marshalls say this afternoon , Whitaker went to two banks on Kerry Forest Parkway, Florida Bank and Hancock Bank.
A teller got suspicious and called police. They ended up chasing Whitaker in the wooded area near Thomasville Road and Ox Bottom, before arresting him.


Tallahassee, Florida - April 19, 2012 -6pm

On Thursday, April 19, 2012, at approximately 10:07 am, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Hancock Bank located at 2613 South Monroe Street in reference to a bank robbery. Deputies and detectives arrived and learned that a white male in his 30’s had approached a teller, implied that he had a weapon and handed her a note demanding money. The man then left the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Crime Scene Detectives responded, processed the scene and collected forensic evidence while Violent Crimes Detectives conducted witness interviews and reviewed video surveillance. Since that time, surveillance photographs have been released showing the suspect during the commission of the robbery. This afternoon, detectives established probable cause for the arrest of 36 year old Joshua B. Whitaker based on forensic evidence collected at the scene.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Joshua B. Whitaker is asked 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.

Whitaker is 5’-08” tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds. He has brown hair, blue eyes, facial hair and wears glasses. He also has a scar on his right arm. Whitaker’s last known address is 407 Moonlit
Trace in Leon County.


Tallahassee, Florida - April 19, 2012 -11:11am

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According to a spokesperson with the Leon County Sheriff's Office, a white male walked into the Hancock Bank off South Monroe just after 10am, approached a teller and gave the teller note implying that he had a weapon. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot.

The suspect was wearing a blue baseball cap with a white logo, glasses, and a gray button-up shirt. He has brown facial hair, is about 5'8", and appeared to be in his late 30s.


Tallahassee, Florida - April 19, 2012 -10:35am

Deputies with the Leon County Sheriff's Office are working a bank robbery at Hancock Bank at 2613 South Monroe Street in Tallahassee, Florida.

Eyewitness News has a reporter headed to the scene. Stay with WCTV for details.


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