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Gunmen caught at roadblock

Published Oct. 13, 2005

Two gunmen robbed a bank, fled and were captured during a frantic hour-long incident Tuesday in southern Citrus County. John P. Caceres, 26, and Steven A. Leon, 25, both of Spring Hill, were charged with armed robbery.

They were booked into the Hernando County Jail but were expected to be taken later Tuesday to Citrus County.

Citrus County Sheriff's spokeswoman Gail Tierney gave this account:

Two men, each with a gun, entered the Bank of Inverness on U.S. 41 in Floral City between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m.

The men, wearing sweat suits, dark baseball caps and ski masks, demanded cash.

Tellers handed over an undisclosed amount of money, and the men ran away.

One customer and five employees were in the bank at the time; no shots were fired, and no one was injured.

The Sheriff's Office received a call for help and immediately set up roadblocks on U.S. 41 and County Roads 480 and 581.

Twelve to 15 sheriff's vehicles and the Sheriff's Office helicopter were involved.

About 1:15 p.m., a deputy stopped Caceres and Leon as they drove south on U.S. 41 toward the Hernando County line.

The deputy said he saw physical evidence in the pickup that linked the men to the crime; Tierney would not describe the evidence.

The men were arrested without incident and taken to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Tierney said the same bank branch was robbed March 18. No arrests have been made in that case.

Investigators suspect the robbers used two vehicles in their escape, Tierney said. They continued to look for the additional vehicle after the arrests, but had no luck as of late Tuesday.