Date: December 3, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Bank Robbery Suspect Tresmayne Porter Arrested In Plant City

On July 12, 2002, the Bank of America at 2536 Hwy 92 E. in Lakeland, Florida, was robbed by 3 black male suspects.  One suspect pointed a handgun at the bank teller while the two others acted as lookouts.  Thanks to surveillance video and further investigation, PCSO Robbery Detectives were able to quickly identify the three suspects:  Kenvon Burch, DOB 10/27/80; Rasha Honors, DOB 10/29/81; and Tresmayne Porter, DOB 11/15/77.  Honors and Burch were apprehended in August and October, respectively, yet Porter remained at large. 

Meanwhile, Lakeland Police had obtained a warrant for Tresmayne Porter's arrest for Robbery.  PCSO detectives also wanted Porter for the Bank of America and other robberies in the county.  In addition, Porter had Pasco County and Hillsborough County warrants for robbery of banks in those areas.

On December 2, 2002, around 1:00 p.m., a Captain with the Plant City Police Department, while patrolling an area in an unmarked vehicle, spotted Porter walking.  At the same time, Porter spotted the officer and immediately fled on foot.  Another police officer staged himself near a canal where Porter was expected to come out and apprehended him after a brief foot pursuit.  Plant City police had been seeking Porter on their own and in cooperation with Polk County Robbery detectives who had been in frequent contact with them, knowing Porter sometimes stayed with acquaintances in the area.

Now that he is in custody, Porter has been interviewed by Sheriff's detectives and LPD detectives about his role in several bank robberies this year, including these PCSO cases: July 12, Bank of America, Hwy 92 E in Lakeland; November 5, Florida First Bank, South Combee Road in Lakeland.  Porter is currently being held on $150,000 in the Orient Road Jail in Hillsborough County for 2 counts of robbery and should be transported to the Polk County jail sometime this week.

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