Arrest in Naples bank robbery

CREATED Apr 5, 2014

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NAPLES, Fla. - An intense manhunt led to the capture of a suspect Friday night wanted in a 5th Avenue bank robbery.  36-year-old Stanley Jonassaint is charged with robbing the First National Bank of the Gulf Coast.

Police say they received a call at 3:06 p.m. regarding a robbery at the bank, near U.S. 41 and Fifth Avenue South. Employees said a black man wearing a floppy beach hat, sunglasses,a khaki shirt and khaki pants came into the bank and demanded money.

Witnesses said the man had what appeared to be a gun tucked in the waistband of his pants.

Investigators began canvassing neighboring businesses and found video surveillance of the suspect at a nearby CVS and an Ace Hardware store before the robbery.

The video was shown to the bank employees who confirmed that the person on the video was the same suspect who entered the bank and committed the crime. 

By 10:30 Friday night detectives found the suspect's bicycle near the restrooms behind the concession stand at Cambier Park. On the bicycle was a bike helmet which also matched that from the videos and a pair of bike gloves.

While conducting a search of the restrooms near the bicycle, detectives located sunglasses which matched those described on the suspect by the witnesses.In the tank of the toilet in the men’s restroom, detectives located an Ignite Black Ops Tactical Professional grade BB gun, which resembled a revolver handgun. The weapon was also equipped with realistic looking bullets in the cylinder. Detectives also located clothing matching that which the suspect was wearing during the robbery. 

Detectives then searched the rest of the park attempting to locate the suspect. While searching the park, Detectives spotted a tall, skinny black male who matched the suspect’s description quickly walking out of the park from the area of the restrooms. 

Detectives made the arrest of Jonassaint at that point.