Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Two Armed Robberies in 7 Minutes | Police Suspect Same Man in Both Incidents, 3 Miles Apart

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Two Armed Robberies in 7 Minutes | Police Suspect Same Man in Both Incidents, 3 Miles Apart

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MANATEE COUNTY

MANATEE COUNTY -- Authorities said a white male believed to be in his 20s committed two armed robberies in less than 10 minutes Monday morning.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office said Aspen Dental, 5231 University Parkway, and Taco Bell, 8405 Lockwood Ridge Road, were robbed between 10:37 a.m. and 10:44 a.m.

The suspect entered Aspen Dental first, pointing a gun at two receptionists and demanding their wallets. The employees were able to escape into a back office.

The gunman then demanded money from a man sitting in the reception area, who complied, and the suspect fled out the front door.

The man traveled about three miles west before he stopped at a Taco Bell restaurant at the intersection of Lockwood Ridge Road and University Parkway.

Witnesses said he walked to the counter, brandished a gun and told employees to open the register. …

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