Video: Man uses box cutter to rob Orlando bank customer

Good Samaritans help chase off suspect

By Erik Sandoval - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - Orange County sheriff's investigators are searching for a man who they said used a box cutter to rob a couple at a drive-thru ATM.

Deputies said the incident happened at approximately 7 a.m. on Sept. 8 at the Chase Bank branch at 12528 South Orange Blossom Trail.

Surveillance video posted on the OCSO Facebook page showed a car driven by 55-year-old Mildred Ortiz with a passenger, her husband Albert Vazquez, 60, drive up to the ATM to withdraw money. A man then appears with a jacket over his head.

In the video, the man is seen reaching inside the car. The car was seen stopping when the woman sounded the horn, which is when deputies said the man pulled out a box cutter and grabbed the woman around her neck.  The OCSO incident report states the suspect demanded her wallet, purse and car.

The video showed two men run toward the car and wrestle the man away. He appeared to take several jabs at the men with the box cutter before he ran off and got away. According to the incident report, one of the men fell down and fractured his wrist.

"Oh, wow. He seriously wanted that money," Chase customer Angel Colon said.

News 6 showed the surveillance footage to Colon, who said he had just used the ATM at the same branch. He said he's always on his guard when he uses it.

"Always. In my rear view mirror, in my side view mirror, always," he said. "I feel sorry for the woman."

Orange County sheriff's investigators said they are fairly certain the man is still in the area. Deputies describe him as a man in his late 20s or early 30s between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall. He is seen as having blond or red hair and facial hair.

Anyone who has any information that can help catch him is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 800-423-TIPS (8477).‚Äč

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