Update #2: On Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 10:13 p.m. the Fort Myers Police Department arrested Richard Merill Heins (d.o.b. 03/03/1987) for the Wells Fargo bank robbery. Heins was identified as the perpetrator late Friday night and detectives began searching for him.
An anonymous tip by a community member Saturday evening helped investigators locate Heins in North Fort Myers. With the assistance of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Heins was spotted in a taxi cab coming into the City.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on the taxi and took Heins into custody without incident. Heins was charged with one count of robbery. “Great investigative work coupled with support from the community resulted in the quick capture of a brazen criminal,” said police spokesman Lieutenant Victor Medico.
Update #1: Police have released additional still images of the bank robber. Please note he has numerous tattoos on his left forearm.
On Friday, June 6, 2014 at 5:58 p.m., the Fort Myers Police Department responded to a robbery at the Wells Fargo bank located at 1530 Heitman Street. Upon arrival police learned a white male entered the bank, implied he had a weapon and handed the teller a note demanding money. The white male then fled the business on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The investigation and search for the suspect is underway. The suspect is further described as 25-30 years of age, 5’6” to 5’8” tall, weighing approximately 150 lbs. He was wearing a white t-shirt and shorts. Police have released a single still image of the suspect at the teller. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Dan Morency at 321-7700, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous. Anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the robbery suspect could be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.