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Man arrested for armed robbery in Cape Coral

Posted at 12:43 PM, Jan 11, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-12 12:34:50-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Cape Coral Police say a 72-year-old suspect was arrested in connection with Wednesday's armed robbery.

Officers say it happened at Bank of America on Skyline Road and the suspect fled and led police on a chase.

Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted Cape Coral Police Department after they were alerted of officers chasing the suspect over the Midpoint Bridge in Fort Myers.

Deputies say Patrick Schroeder was driving erratically, running red lights, and swerving toward patrol vehicles.

They say he appeared to be grabbing an item from the floorboard.

LCSO reports there was a firearm in the vehicle at the time of the chase.

The vehicle was stopped and traffic was shut down on I-75 just south of Alico Road where the driver was arrested.

Investigators with Cape Coral Police say Mr. Schroeder was at the bank earlier in the day and attempted to deposit a check and withdraw the funds. A hold was placed on the check, which infuriated Mr. Schroeder. Mr. Schroeder returned to his residence, grabbed his rifle, sprayed painted his license plate, and draped a black t-shirt over his head to conceal his identity. He then returned to the bank with the intent to rob this location.

He was arrested for two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on law enforcement, fleeing to elude law enforcement, and resisting an officer.