TAMPA — Two men were arrested hours after they held up a South Tampa bank in a “takeover-style” robbery on Friday morning, the Tampa Police Department said.
Kevrick Brown and Erskine McKinley were both charged with armed robbery with a firearm, police said.
They entered the Fifth Third Bank, 1901 W. Swann Ave., just after 10 a.m. wearing masks, and one of the suspects was carrying a Mac-10 firearm, police said.
The suspects fled the scene in a stolen vehicle they used to drive to the bank. After they drove from the scene, they abandoned the stolen vehicle not far away, police said.
Tampa police detectives, K-9 units and FBI officers responded to the bank to investigate.
Investigators followed leads and were able to locate the suspects at 3107 W. Ballast Point Blvd., which Brown lists as his home address.
Both suspects were arrested at the scene. In the home, investigators found a .45 caliber Mac-10 style firearm, clothing, gloves and a bag that were used in the Friday morning bank robbery, police said.
The Friday morning bank robbery was similar and might be connected to the BB&T bank robbery in December at Gandy Boulevard and Himes Avenue, police said.
Police are investigating if other bank robberies in the area were committed by Brown and McKinley. They are also investigating to determine if there was a getaway driver.
At the time of Friday’s arrest, Brown, 26, was serving felony probation for resisting arrest without violence and battery on a law enforcement officer, police said.
McKinley, 24, was released from prison in July after serving six years for robbery and attempted murder, which took place in Palm Beach County.
The bank robbery case remains under investigation.