Date: January 10, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Aaron Flint, (863) 534-6377 or 502-8262 pager

3 SunTrust Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested

Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested 3 suspects today for their involvement in the SunTrust Bank Robbery that occurred on Tuesday, January 8, 2002. 

Those arrested today include Kithanie Fullwiley (bank robbery shooter), AKA “Kit Kat”, DOB 3/27/80, of Bartow, charged with Armed Robbery (5 counts), Attempted Murder, and Grand Theft; Lamont Davis (driver of stolen Oldsmobile), DOB 11/1/77, of 925 E. Magnolia St. Apt. A in Bartow, charged with Armed Robbery (5 counts), Attempted Murder, and Grand Theft; Chedrick Northern (assisted robbery suspects after the fact), DOB 11/14/79, of 2971 Warfield Dr. in Bartow, charged with Accessory After the Fact. 

Davis and Northern were arrested by Polk Sheriff's detectives at approximately 5 a.m. this morning in Bartow. Late last night (January 9, 2002), detectives received a tip that the light blue Crown Victoria used to pick up the robbery suspects after they abandoned a stolen Oldsmobile was at a home in Bartow. While conducting surveillance of the home where the Crown Victoria was parked, detectives witnessed Northern leaving the home in the Crown Victoria. Polk Sheriff's detectives also witnessed a U-Haul truck occupied by Davis and 2 others leave the residence. Detectives stopped both vehicles , arrested Davis and Northern, and questioned the other individuals that were in the U-Haul. 

Fullwiley, who was released from prison on November 27, 2001, after serving a sentence for robbery, was arrested by Polk Sheriff's detectives at approximately noon this afternoon. At approximately 11:30 a.m., a robbery analyst in the PCSO Robbery Unit received a call from a citizen in Bartow. The caller stated that Fullwiley was standing in the parking lot of a convenience store at the intersection of Givvons St. and Golfview St. in Bartow. While the robbery analyst stayed on the phone with the caller, PCSO robbery detectives, PCSO K-9 units, and a PCSO helicopter responded to the location where Fullwiley remained. When detectives arrived at the convenience store they spotted the suspect standing in the parking lot. They asked him if he was “Kit Kat” and he responded yes. He was arrested without confrontation. 

Detectives are still searching for the robbery suspect that entered the SunTrust Bank armed with mace and the female that witnesses say was driving the Crown Victoria that picked up the robbery suspects after they abandoned a stolen Oldsmobile. 

Anyone with information concerning their whereabouts is asked to contact Polk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS. Callers can remain completely anonymous, be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 from Polk County Crime Stoppers, and be eligible for an additional reward of up to $5000 from the Florida Banker's Association. 

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