January 9, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
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That Bank Robbery Suspects Got Into Another Vehicle; Reward of Up to
At least 2
individuals have informed Polk County Sheriff's detectives this afternoon
that they witnessed 2 of the SunTrust Bank robbery suspects get into
another vehicle shortly after abandoning a white Oldsmobile on Deena Way
in Winter Haven.
At approximately 12:30 p.m. yesterday (January 8, 2002), 2 black males
robbed the SunTrust Bank located at 2800 Recker Highway in Winter Haven.
During the robbery, the Branch Manager, Martha Villarreal, 37, of
Auburndale, was shot in the face.
After exiting the bank, the 2 suspects got into a stolen white 1984
Oldsmobile Royale possibly occupied by a third suspect. The vehicle
was recovered by Polk Sheriff's detectives shortly after the robbery on
Deena Way. An unknown amount of cash covered in red dye was found
inside the vehicle.
According to 2 witnesses that detectives spoke with this afternoon, they
saw 2 black males fitting the description of the bank robbers fleeing from
the Oldsmobile in the direction of Carla Ct., which is 1 block east of
Deena Way in Winter Haven. The witnesses state that the suspects were
picked up by a light skinned black female possibly in her early to mid
20's. The vehicle she was in is described as a light blue (powder
blue) newer model 4 door Crown Victoria. It has 20 inch wheels, a
temporary tag in the license plate holder, and dark tinted windows.
According to one of the witnesses, the Crown Victoria headed down Carla
Ct. in the direction of Coleman Rd.
The suspect responsible for shooting Villarreal is described as
approximately 5'11 tall, 210 lbs., having a moustache, speaking with
possibly a Haitian accent, wearing dark colored jeans and a dark colored
jacket, and in his mid 20's. The second suspect in the robbery is
described as approximately 5'6 tall, 190 lbs., wearing a dark blue and
green flannel shirt or jacket. A third suspect believed to be in the
Oldsmobile outside of the bank is described only as black. Witnesses
could not confirm whether it was a male or female. According to
witnesses that spoke with detectives today, the driver of the light blue
Crown Victoria is a light skinned black female possibly in her early to
Anyone wanting to remain anonymous, be eligible for a reward of up to
$2000 from Polk County Crime Stoppers, and eligible for an additional
reward of up to $5000 from the Florida Banker's Association should contact
Polk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS. Anonymity is Guaranteed!