Date: January 11, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

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

Remaining 2 SunTrust Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested in North Carolina; Handgun Recovered

The remaining 2 suspects involved in the SunTrust Bank robbery that occurred on Tuesday, January 8, 2002, were arrested by FBI agents last night near Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Polk County Sheriff's detectives, who received information from a source that the suspects were possibly heading in the direction of North Carolina in a maroon Grand Marquis, alerted law enforcement agencies throughout North Carolina to be on the lookout for such a vehicle. 

At approximately 6 p.m. on Thursday (January 10, 2002), FBI agents spotted a maroon Grand Marquis near Raleigh, North Carolina that was occupied by a 2 individuals who fit the descriptions of the remaining robbery suspects.  Agents stopped the vehicle and noticed US currency inside of it that had red stains on it. Agents placed Stanley Harris (bank robbery suspect armed with mace), DOB 2/2/81, of 1028 McDonald St. in Lakeland, who was also wanted on 4 Polk County warrants, under arrest. Agents also arrested Asianeka Foster (driver of blue Crown Victoria), DOB 1/20/79, of 3011 Simpson Dr. in Bartow. During questioning, Foster implicated Harris in the robbery. Both suspects are charged with Armed Robbery (5 counts), Attempted Murder, and Grand Theft. They are currently awaiting extradition in North Carolina.

Detectives also recovered the gun used by the suspects during the robbery. At approximately 3 p.m. this afternoon, detectives received information from the FBI that the weapon may be in the area of the Highway 17 bridge near Cypress Gardens Blvd. in Winter Haven.  Detectives searched the area and found a .32 caliber black revolver in the weeds on the northeast side of the bridge.  The suspects apparently threw the handgun from the Crown Victoria as they fled from the SunTrust Bank. The revolver will be processed by the PCSO crimes scene unit to see if any fingrerprints are still present.

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