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Suspect in Southwest Florida bank robberies accused of several other robberies in Florida

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Posted at 10:53 AM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 10:53:12-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Deputies have filed charges on a man accused of robbing a Fort Myers bank last August, and say he is implicated in eight other bank robberies in Florida.

According to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, 23-year-old Ismael Martin is facing one charge of robbery in Lee County.

On August 9th, 2019, a man walked into the BB&T Bank on Mcgregor Boulevard and demanded cash from the teller. He claimed to be armed, but did not display a weapon.

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The teller provided an undisclosed amount of cash, and the suspect fled on foot.

Last month, detectives with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office developed Martin as a suspect in a bank robbery that occurred in that county. They immediately noticed similarities to the suspect in the robbery of the BB&T Bank in Fort Myers and reached out to detectives in Lee County, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A multi-agency meeting with the FBI confirmed Martin as being a suspect in nine bank robberies around the state which occurred between May 25, 2019 and November 30, 2019.

Collier deputies say that on January 9th, Martin's vehicle was spotted in Naples, and they were able to locate him and take him into custody.

Once he is released from the Collier County Jail, he will be extradited back to Lee County to face charges there. Martin may also face additional charges from other jurisdictions.

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Ismael Martin