CLEARWATER, FL – Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a reported armed bank robbery suspect after leading deputies on a lengthy pursuit before crashing his car in unincorporated Clearwater.
Around 3:52 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, detectives say 37-year-old Anquan Walters of 1873 Stancel Drive, Clearwater, walked into the
Hancock Bank at 28163 U.S. 19 N., wearing a fake mustache and panty hose over his head.
Witnesses told investigators that Walters was carrying a black handgun when he jumped over the counter, ordered customers and employees to the ground and demanded money.
Walters was given an undisclosed amount of cash and exited the bank, getting into a 1998 Toyota Camry and fleeing north on U.S. 19.
As Walters was fleeing from the bank, multiple dye packs exploded and Walters started throwing cash out of the window of the Camry onto U.S. 19 North.
Deputies spotted Walter’s Camry traveling north toward the intersection of U.S. 19 and Curlew Road, and attempted to stop him but he sped away east on Curlew. He eventually lost control of the Camry and crashed into a 2009 Kia Sportage driven 52-year-old Caroline Kahael of Largo and a 2006 GMC Yukon driven by 62-year-old Randy Donaldson of Palm Harbor.
Kahael and Donaldson were both stopped at the intersection of Curlew Road and Countryside Boulevard.
Detectives say Cpl. Phillip Love, 53, was pursuing Walter’s Camry at the time of the crash. Love was unable to stop his marked 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe
cruiser before crashing into Walter’s Camry at the intersection.
Walters abandoned the damaged Camry and fled on foot north into a nearby apartment complex. Deputies chased Walters on foot and apprehended him near 34601 Countryside Blvd.
Detectives say Walter’s clothes were covered in dye because of the bank’s dye pack exploding.
Kahael was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
No other injuries were reported.
Detectives arrested Walters and transported him to the Pinellas County Jail. He was charged with one count of 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.
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