Suwannee Co. deputies capture bank robbery suspect


Published: Friday, January 27, 2012 at 8:02 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 27, 2012 at 8:02 a.m.

Suwannee County Sheriff Tony Cameron said his deputies only needed 15 minutes to solve a bank robbery on Thursday afternoon.

Officials said the Capital City Bank in Branford was robbed just after 2 p.m., and no one was injured.

Bank employees told investigators that a man walked into the bank on U.S. 129, a couple of blocks north of U.S. 27, with a note demanding money. After being handed an undisclosed amount of cash, the man left in a 1997 Ford pickup, according to witnesses.

Deputy Caleb McInnis was in the area when a dispatcher described the vehicle being sought in connection with the robbery.

Cameron said McInnis spotted the truck within a minute and began trying to get the driver to pull over. However, the driver led deputies on a high-speed chase at speeds of up to 100 mph, according to Cameron.

The chase ended near Live Oak minutes later after the truck drove over a set of spikes set in the roadway that are designed to flatten vehicle tires.

The driver ran from the truck after it was disabled, but was caught after a short foot chase, Cameron said.

The man was identified as Joseph Williams, 55, of Perry. He was charged with armed robbery and aggravated fleeing and eluding and booked into the Suwannee County jail in Live Oak.

According to Florida Department of Corrections records, Williams has served one prison term in the last decade. He was sentenced to four years in prison in 2004 for carrying a concealed gun and committing a felony with a concealed weapon.

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