NAPLES, Fla. Exclusive video shows the moments leading up to the arrest of a 22-year-old man dubbed the “Shaky Bandit.”
Brandon Vendetti, of Weston, is accused of robbing about a dozen banks in Florida over the last three weeks, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
Vendetti, who authorities say wore different costumes during the robberies, led multiple agencies on a high-speed chase Tuesday shortly after robbing a Wells Fargo bank on 12604 Tamiami Trail East.
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The getaway car eventually crashed on Alligator Alley near mile marker 91, deputies said.
Vendetti’s getaway driver, Walter Roberts, 29, of Fort Lauderdale, jumped out of the car, climbed a barbed wire fence along the alley and swam in a gator-infested canal in an attempt to escape authorities, deputies said.
Roberts was arrested and faces charges of eluding law enforcement officers, possession of a controlled substance, no valid drivers license and resisting law enforcement officers without violence.
Witness Raymond Macier captured video of deputies swarming the alley on Snapchat.
“There was about 100 cop cars flying by us on our way and figured it would be worth taking video of who knows what it was,” Macier said. “I’ve never ever seen anything like that.”
Charges against Vendetti are pending, but include felony offenses, a bank robbery on Sept. 27 in Fort Lauderdale and a maximum fine of $250,000. Vendetti could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Vendetti waived his right to an identity hearing Wednesday during his first appearance. His public defender requested Vendetti’s hearings be held in South Florida, where his family is located.