January 11, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
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SunTrust Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested in North Carolina; Handgun
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,
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