Suspect arrested in Fort Myers Beach bank robbery

The bank robbery suspect is described as being in his 30s, wearing dark sunglasses, a black wool skull cap, a dark sweatshirt and navy blue pants with white stripes. The Sheriff's Office distributed this surveillance photo from the scene.

The bank robbery suspect is described as being in his 30s, wearing dark sunglasses, a black wool skull cap, a dark sweatshirt and navy blue pants with white stripes. The Sheriff's Office distributed this surveillance photo from the scene.

Benjamin Avila

Benjamin Avila

— Lee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who they say robbed a Fort Myers Beach bank Thursday morning and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Benjamin Avila, 39, of Fort Myers, is facing a robbery charge.

Deputies were dispatched about 10:30 a.m. to the SunTrust Bank at 11340 Summerlin Square Drive.

Witnesses said a man entered the bank, indicated to a teller he had a weapon and demanded cash. The teller complied and the suspect fled, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

It was not immediately clear how authorities identified Avila as a suspect or where they located him. Avila has a long history of arrests on robbery, battery, theft and narcotics charges, according to the Sheriff’s Office’s website.

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A man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash Thursday morning from a bank in Fort Myers Beach.

About 10:30 a.m. Thursday, deputies with the Lee County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the SunTrust Bank, 11340 Summerlin Square Drive, in reference to an armed robbery. Witnesses say the man entered the bank, indicated to a teller he had a weapon and demanded cash. The teller complied and the suspect fled, the Sheriff's Office reports.

The suspect is described as being in his 30s, wearing dark sunglasses, a black wool skull cap, a dark sweatshirt and navy blue pants with white stripes. The Sheriff's Office distributed surveillance photos from the scene.

No injuries were reported during the robbery, and the Sheriff's Office robbery unit is investigating.

Anyone who may know the identity of the persons responsible or has further information is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 477-1000 or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 dollars, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS(8477). Anonymous tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org, through the TipSubmit app on any iPhone or by texting CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.

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