MIAMI BEACH (CBS4)- Authorities are looking for a man who they say robbed a bank in Miami Beach back in September.
Federal agents issued a warrant for Cedrick Deon Swasey’s arrest. Swasey, 31, is wanted for his alleged involvement in the armed robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank at 1901 Alton Road in Miami Beach on September 21, 2011.
On Friday, the Miami-Dade Police Department spotted Swasey in Kendall before leading police on a small chase, but Swasey managed to get away. He was driving a gray four-door Kia, Florida tag S501TY, police said.
Police said Swasey disguised himself, went into the bank, ambushed two bank employees with a gun.
FBI agents have previously said that Swasey may also have taken part in the December 30th robbery in Weston. That robbery occurred at the SunTrust Bank, 2575 Glades Circle.
The robber entered the bank, wearing a mask covering his face, dark green jumpsuit and brown boots, and pointed a handgun at bank employees before demanding money, authorities said.
The man forced employees to open the bank vault.
The robber bagged tens of thousands of dollars in cold cash and calmly walked out of the bank.
The employees were very shaken up after staring at the gun being pointed at them.
Despite a search using chopper and canines, the robber managed to get away.
The FBI isn’t saying much about Swasey or his involvement with the crimes, but after coming so close to catching him in Kendall Friday, they are clear about one thing- they want him behind bars.
FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock told CBS4’s Natalia Zea, “With Channel 4’s help, and we’re trying to get him publicized on billboards in any way we can. He should be considered armed and dangerous and we certainly want him off the streets as soon as possible.”
CBS4 News conducted a records search on Swasey and found that he was charged with armed bank robbery in 2002.
Swasey is approximately 6’2,” weighting 240 pounds with a low cut hairstyle.
Authorities said Swasey is considered armed and dangerous.
The FBI said they are continuing to seek other suspects and persons of interest in connection with the case.
Anyone with information should call the FBI in Miami at 305-944-9101 or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.