CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – A bank robbery, a car chase and cash all over the road. Not exactly your typical day in Pinellas County.
That robbery went down at a Hancock Bank and within minutes, the robbery suspect was in handcuffs.
The Pinellas Sheriff’s Office got the call just before 4 p.m. to respond to the bank along U.S. 19 just north of 580.
A male suspect had reportedly robbed tellers inside.
Witnesses told investigators that the man was carrying a black handgun when he jumped over the counter. He ordered people to the ground and demanded money.
Once he got his loot, he reportedly fled in his getaway car.
But with a quick reaction from Pinellas deputies, he didn’t get very far.
That man was identified by the sheriff’s office as DeWayne Walters, 37.
Eagle 8 HD was covering the story from high above and News Channel 8’s Paul Lamison, describes what happened next.
“Deputies were able to follow it, pursue it, disable it, catch the person, get the car,” he said. “He tried to avoid stop sticks and crashed.”
The suspect’s crime spree ended in the crash on Curlew east of US 19.
Walters crashed into two other vehicles.
A deputy who was pursuing Walters was unable to stop before crashing into him.
Walters abandoned the car and fled on foot into a nearby apartment complex.
Deputes chased him and apprehended him.
Meanwhile at the bank, other Pinellas deputies were picking up wads of cash blowing around on the side of U.S. 19.
According to the sheriff’s office, as Walter was leaving the bank, multiple dye packs exploded. That’s when he started throwing the money.
“Take a look at this,” Lamison said during WFLA coverage. “These deputies are down on the ground, they’re actually picking up money from the bank robbery.”
No one inside the bank was injured. A driver of a vehicle Walters crashed into was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Walters is charged with Armed Robbery, one count of Fleeing and Eluding Law Enforcement, one count of Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Bodily Injury and one count of Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Property Damage.