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Suspected bank robber faces new charges

CLEARWATER — A Clearwater man arrested last weekend on a bank robbery charge now is accused of robbing another.

Anthony Leon Monroe, 30, of 1105 Blanche B. Littlejohn Trail, was charged today with armed robbery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault in connection with the 10:30 a.m. May 22 robbery of the Bank of America at 2200 Belleair Road.

Clearwater police say he entered the bank, displayed a gun and demanded money from a teller.

Monroe was already in jail when he was linked to the May 22 robbery.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office arrested Monroe on Saturday on charges of robbing a Wachovia Bank at 2515 West Bay Drive in Belleair Bluffs on March 2. He was identified as a suspect through fingerprints, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda.

In connection with that arrest, Monroe faces charges of strong-arm robbery and habitual driving with a suspended or revoked license.

He remains in custody at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $125,000 bail.

Monroe is suspected of committing several other holdups since early March, officials say. According to Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts, the investigation is ongoing.

Monroe has an extensive criminal history beginning with a 1994 conviction of attempted second-degree murder. In that case, he was sentenced as a youthful offender to six years in Florida Department of Corrections custody, according to St. Petersburg Times archives.

Most recently, he was released from prison in March 2008 after serving 28 months for cocaine possession, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer

Suspected bank robber faces new charges 06/09/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 4:58pm]
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