[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

To view pictures of the scene, click on the "Photos" tab above.

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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  • by He dropped his wallet Location: Tally on Apr 21, 2012 at 07:40 PM
    "Crime Scene Detectives responded, processed the scene and collected forensic evidence." Sounds more professional and hi-tech than just saying; "yo the bank-robber-dude dropped his wallet and we-like picked it up yo."
  • by c Location: tallahassee on Apr 21, 2012 at 03:16 PM
    All you fools need to get a life. I guess you have no other means to vent your racist hate but here. Is there really nothing else you could be doing rather than spending countless hours reading these hate filled comments and leaving one. OMG, really, get a life.
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      by Practice what you preach. on Apr 21, 2012 at 05:46 PM in reply to c
      You have just joined the the idiots club. Maybe you should practice what you preach. You are sitting here reading the comments and then commenting yourself. Who is the fool now? Get a life and stay clear of the computer.
  • by Jim Location: Tallahassee on Apr 21, 2012 at 08:40 AM
    I'll never rob a bank. But if I just flipped out one day and decided to go rob one, one thing is sure: By the time you see my picture online or in the paper, I will be 2000 miles away (and 2000 more by the end of the day). This guy wanted to be caught. No doubt about it.
  • by think about it in reverse Location: in your brain on Apr 21, 2012 at 06:40 AM
    OMG white folks need to stop all this white-on-white crime. It does nothing to lift the race up. Now reverse it to black and see how much sense it really makes. Just saying; if it makes no sense reversed than it made no sense in the first place. Crime is crime and it's all wrong.
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      by NOMNOM on Apr 21, 2012 at 09:38 AM in reply to think about it in reverse
      It actually does make more sense in reverse.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM in reply to think about it in reverse
      You have it wrong...the tellers were black so it was a white on black crime, therefore the quick solution to it
  • by Jake on Apr 21, 2012 at 04:32 AM
    Maybe prison was better than his life out here. Sad.
  • by Lead by Example(Be Positive) on Apr 20, 2012 at 10:09 PM
    Majority of you all need to stop and think before you leave comments such as the ones I've read below. This is ridiculous to see so meany people comment with such ignorance. The "hoodie","bubba", "black/white" jokes are unnecessary! As for his background let it be, some people learn from their mistakes others don't but it's a time and place for everything dirt laundry doesn't have to be thrown all over this new report. Everyone is guilty of some type of sin and NO SIN is GREATER than another so be mindful of the things that you make jokes out of. I'm in total disbelief reading some of these comments...it's unreal. Yes this was a terrible thing to to do, when it all boils down to it no man shall pass judgement. Be better individuals don't consume yourselves in such demeaning conversations! Blessing to ALL!
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      by Lead by Example(Be Positive) o on Apr 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM in reply to Lead by Example(Be Positive)
      typo correction *many* not meany
  • by AMAZING Location: Tallahassee on Apr 20, 2012 at 08:37 PM
    HOLY COW he's been writing to me on a dating site!! I always ignored it, now I know why...always go with your gut!! WOW that's crazy....
  • by ha ha on Apr 20, 2012 at 07:56 PM
    Hes white he cant get food stamps lol hes sot now dog
  • by Really on Apr 20, 2012 at 07:38 PM
    Sad the banks was robber, but I am happy that TPD and LCSO was able to get there workout Today instead of sitting in there patrol wasting fuel!!!
  • by Hannah on Apr 20, 2012 at 07:34 PM
    What a total dumb a**. He should have just looked at the camera and smiled.
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