Fort Lauderdale Man Sentenced to Prison for String of Bank Robberies | USAO-SDFL | Techy Kings

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MIAMI – Robert Willis Jr., 47, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was sentenced to 145 months in prison and three years of supervised release by United States District Judge Rodney Smith for his participation in a string of bank robberies.

According to court records, between March 23-26, 2022, Willis entered three banks and demanded money while warning tellers that he had a gun. On March 26, 2022, he entered the TD Bank located at 1371 West Palmetto Boulevard in Boca Raton, Fla. He approached and handed the cashier a note that read, “I have a gun. Don’t give me dye money. Don’t give me money marks. Don’t press any buttons or you will die. Empty your drawers now.”

The victim’s cashier gave Willis more than $6,000 in US currency, including a pack of decoy bills containing a GPS tracking device. As he left the bank parking lot, a bank manager was able to snap a photo of the getaway vehicle’s license plate. Willis’ Mitsubishi Outlander was soon spotted by Broward County Sheriff’s deputies. Willis fled the marked police car, crashed into multiple vehicles and eventually flipped his own car onto its side near the corner of US 441 and Commercial Boulevard in Tamarac, Fla. Most of the cash, including a pack of decoy bills, was found near the crash site.

Willis, who has multiple convictions for armed robbery/power weapon, has also been convicted of attempted murder.

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and acting Special Agent in Charge Robert M. Dewitt, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.

The FBI, Miami Office, investigated this case, with assistance from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and the Boca Raton Police Services Department. Assistant US Attorney Anita White prosecuted the case.

You can find a copy of this press release (and any updates) on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls.

Related court documents and information are available on the District Court for the Southern District of Florida website at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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