Accused bank robber now faces charges of attempting to kill cop

Wakim Stewart

Wakim Stewart

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— The day before robbing an East Naples bank, authorities say Wakim Stewart fired shots into a police station, narrowly missing the one officer working inside.

Stewart, of 1700 41st Terrace S.W., who was arrested Wednesday on Fort Myers Beach on bank robbery charges, now faces charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

The 37-year-old Golden Gate man had threatened to kill officers after being pulled over for a traffic stop around 4 a.m. Monday morning in Collier County, Seminole police Captain Shawn Norton said. About four hours later, Stewart pulled in front of the police station and shot several times. Though bullets went through the building and into several rooms, no one was hurt.

Norton said security footage shows Stewart driving around the reservation before the shooting.

"It looks like he got frustrated when he couldn't find someone to shoot," Norton said.

The next day, authorities say Stewart walked into a Bank of America branch, pointed a handgun at a teller and demanded cash. He left the bank at 4898 Davis Boulevard with an undisclosed amount of money and drove away. No one was hurt.

Seminole police officers, who after interviews with witnesses identified Stewart as the shooter, recognized him from the bank robbery photos, Norton said. Members of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force tracked Stewart down Wednesday at the Lani Kai Hotel on Fort Myers Beach, ending his crime spree.

"Who knows where he would have gone after that if he hadn't been picked up," Norton said.

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