PUNTA GORDA, FL. - A Port Charlotte man already in jail for robbing a bank has been arrested again for an armed robbery of an Asian market.
Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives Tuesday arrested 51-year-old Robin Patrick Conte of Port Charlotte for Armed Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. This new charge is for the Oct. 31 armed robbery of the Asian Cai Lay Market, 1380 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte.
He has been in the Charlotte County Jail since Nov. 8 in connection with the Nov. 1 robbery of the SunTrust Bank.
A man entered the Asian Cai Lay Market armed with a knife and demanded money from an employee who refused to open the cash register. The robber then turned to a customer and stole $60 cash. The robber fled the store but was not apprehended. Two days later on Nov. 1 a man held up the SunTrust Bank, 18501 Murdock Circle, and fled with an undetermined amount of money. Detectives said the overall robbery suspect’s description and close proximity of both business robberies may have been committed by the same man. Further investigation by detectives positively identified Conte and a warrant was issued.
Conte was located at Tampa General Hospital for an undisclosed medical condition. Upon his release he was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail on Nov. 8. On Tuesday, he was arrested at the jail for the armed robbery of the Asian Cai Lay Market. Conte remains in jail on no bond.