A Florida man — disguised as a woman in a red wig and shiny gold dress — is accused of robbing a bank, then stealing a deputy’s patrol vehicle, before leading authorities on a wild chase.
Gumersindo Reyes Jr. allegedly entered the Chase Bank in Casselberry on Wednesday afternoon dressed as woman and passed a note to a bank teller demanding money, police said.
“I have sufficient weapons to kill everybody here. Give me your car keys. I want unmarked bills and nothing electronic because, if so, I’ll start to shoot,” the note said in Spanish, according to local station WFTV.
Reyes allegedly made off with about $1,000 in cash, but after he ditched the costume in the restroom of a nearby chicken restaurant, Seminole County Sheriff’s deputy John Astor drove by and “noticed someone coming out of the bushes,” nearby, Sheriff Dennis Lemma later told the station.
The deputy got out of his Ford Explorer and confronted Reyes after noticing some “bizarre behavior,” Lemma said.
The deputy tried to deploy his Taser, but Reyes managed to avoid the stun gun and ran into a nearby apartment complex, according to a police report obtained by Oxygen.com.
The foot chase continued to the second floor of the building, where Reyes allegedly tried to grab Astor’s gun and the two fought for control over the weapon.
“At that point, I didn’t know what could happen,” witness Corey Reid told WFTV. “They were tussling on the floor.”
The deputy was able to regain control of the gun by securing it in his holster, but as he tried to radio for help, Reyes allegedly grabbed Astor’s shirt and “ripped his radio microphone from his chest,” preventing him from using the radio, the report said.
Reyes then allegedly took off, got into Astor’s patrol vehicle, and tore away, with Astor’s assigned SIG Sauer Rifle and Remington 870 Shotgun still inside. Authorities were quickly in pursuit, as Reyes led them through residential areas, crashing into several civilian vehicles, the police report claims.
One civilian was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a crash, according to WESH.
The chase came to an end after law enforcement used a precision immobilization technique maneuver to put an end to Reyes’ alleged crime spree, according to records obtained by WKMG.
Video obtained by Oxygen.com shows law enforcement officers pulling Reyes from the vehicle and ordering him onto the ground.
Reyes is now facing multiple charges in connection with the incident, including robbery, grand theft, battery on an officer, aggravated fleeing and eluding, obstructing police, resisting an officer with violence and grand theft of a motor vehicle.
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