Altoona Man Arrested Less than 10 Minutes After Robbing Marion County Bank, Police Say

BELLEVIEW, Florida—Crime did not pay for an Altoona man Monday after he was arrested less than 10 minutes after allegedly robbing a Belleview bank, according to Belleview Police Department (BPD) in Marion County.

BPD responded to Wells Fargo, 5407 Southeast 11th Street Monday on a report of a bomb threat; when they arrived, they were notified the bank had been robbed by a white male seen leaving on foot.

A BPD corporal searched the area and located John Lloyd Henderson-Winfield, 21, of Altoona. Henderson-Winfield refused to stop, fled again on foot, and was quickly found behind a home on Southeast 55th Avenue, BPD said.

Bank employees told BPD Henderson-Winfield asked for money and said the bank was surrounded by bombs, a statement found to be untrue after the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad responded and determined the building was clear.

Henderson-Winfield agreed to speak with a BPD detective, and he admitted he robbed the bank and mentioned a bomb, BPD said.

Henderson-Winfield was arrested for robbery, false report of a deadly explosive, grand theft and resisting arrest. He is being held in the Marion County Jail; his bond information was not available at press time. 

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