Palm Bay police search for man who tried to rob bank

Dogs, helicopters used in search for suspect

PALM BAY, Fla. – Police are looking for a man who they say tried to rob a bank Friday morning in Palm Bay.

The robbery attempt was reported at 9:42 a.m. at the Bank of America on South Babcock Street south of Palm Bay Road.

The man did not show a weapon, and no cash was taken from the bank, police said.

The man was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with a peace symbol on the front, grey sweatpants and a white baseball cap, police said.

"Sounds crazy to me," said Bank of America customer Willie Parlor when talking to News 6 Friday. "I don't know what's wrong with these people today."

Parlor and everyone else who wanted service at the bank Friday had to use the ATM outside.

Following the attempted robbery, the only people who went inside the bank were Palm Bay police detectives.

Investigators said the man passed a note to a bank teller asking for money, but his plan didn't work. Police said the man, empty-handed, then took off.

Dispatch recordings revealed he went into the woods.

That's when a helicopter and police dogs were called in.

But hours later, well into the afternoon Friday, police said they still hadn't found him.

Another Bank of America customer, Gabrielle Robinson, told News 6 Friday that she was not surprised by the news.

"People are just getting brazen. It's becoming way too commonplace," Robinson said. "Maybe he thought it would be a seamless, you know, 'Here, I'll give you the cash just so you can get out of here.' Who knows what goes through a robber's mind at that point?"

Robinson told News 6 the attempted robbery reminded her of news in January when Palm Bay police said another Bank of America in the city was targeted for a robbery.

Police said Lamar Coaston III disguised himself as a woman that day.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

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