December 7th was described by President Franklin Roosevelt as a day that would live in infamy for Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
But in Apopka, there is a second reason to remember that date.
It was on December 7th, 2017, at approximately 11 AM, that multiple law enforcement agencies including the FBI and the Apopka Police Department worked together and arrested four suspects in an attempted armed robbery at the Iberia Bank. The four men in question were apprehended before entering the bank and later charged with robbing multiple banks in Central Florida.
At the Apopka City Council meeting yesterday, Supervisory Agents of the FBI recognized the APD and several other law enforcement agencies for their work in capturing those serial bank robbers. Three employees of Iberia Bank were also recognized for their efforts in the arrest, including David Rankin, the business banking group manager for Iberia Bank in Apopka.
“This has been a collaborative effort between the FBI, FDLE, OCSO, and the Apopka Police Department,” said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings after the arrest. “We have been working together for several weeks regarding this investigation.”
Apopka Chief Michael McKinley was also impressed with the collaborative efforts of multiple agencies over the course of several weeks.
“I think this is a great opportunity to show the example of the great partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies,” he said at a press conference after the arrest. “The Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, FBI… we all worked together to make sure no injuries happened to anyone and everything went very well. It’s a great arrest for our community to get these dangerous individuals off the streets.”