Bank robbery suspect arrested in Sarasota

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SARASOTA - Authorities have arrested a suspect who robbed a Sarasota bank.

On Tuesday around 9:25 A.M. a white male in his 20’s robbed the Bank of America at 3175 Fruitville Road.

The suspect, identified as John Eilermann of Nokomis, was wearing a hoodie sweatshirt when he walked into the bank, handed the teller a note, implied he had a weapon and demanded money. The teller handed Eilermann money and he ran out of the bank and fled in a van, leaving northbound from the bank. Witnesses from the bank followed the van and observed Eilermann exit the vehicle in the 1700 block of Rhoades Av. Eilermann fled on foot from there. The officers met the witnesses on 17th St. moments later and began canvassing the neighborhood, looking for the suspect and asking residents to call police if they see anyone suspicious. An alert citizen observed a white male matching the description of Eilermann crouched in a ditch near her home and flagged down officers. Officer Cespedes and Officer O’Donnell located the man in the 1800 block of Allendale Ave. where the witnesses from the bank positively identified him.

Eilermann was taken into custody, and during that time fought with the police officers while he was being placed in the police car. He was transported to the Sarasota Police Department for questioning.

Eilermann was also positively identified as the suspect who attempted to rob the Walgreen’s at Fruitville Rd and N. Washington Blvd this morning at 7:40 A.M. In that case he also implied he had a weapon. He left on foot, wearing the same clothing as he was wearing at the bank.

Eilermann has been charged with Bank Robbery, Attempted Robbery of the Walgreens and Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Grdan Theft. No weapon was recovered.

The Sarasota Police Department is grateful for the help our concerned citizens gave the Police Officers which proved to be instrumental in the apprehension of this suspect. The immediate action of the police officers along with the information provided by citizens assisted in the safe and swift apprehension in this case. This is an example of Community Policing at work.

Anyone with information regarding the Walgreen’s Robbery or the Bank of America Robbery should contact Detective Mike Jackson at (941) 954-7096.