FBI Miami
Special Agent Michael D. Leverock
(754) 703-2000
February 7, 2018

FBI Announces the Arrest of an Alleged Bank Robber

The FBI is announcing the arrest of Russell Bennett, 44, of West Park, Florida, on federal bank robbery and Hobbs Act charges for his alleged involvement in the robberies of a Chase Bank branch at 5545 Sheridan Street, Hollywood, Florida, and a Subway restaurant at 2850 Stirling Road, Hollywood, Florida, both on February 6, 2018.

The evening of February 6, 2018, law enforcement officers from multiple agencies combined efforts to quickly locate and arrest Bennett without incident. There were no injuries to Bennett, law enforcement, or the public. There were no shots fired.

“I want to commend all of the law enforcement officers who were involved in this successful arrest operation,” said Robert F. Lasky, special agent in charge, FBI Miami. “Investigating violent crimes is not a 9 to 5 job and is often times dangerous. These officers deserve our thanks and respect for the work they do keeping our communities safe.”

Bennett’s initial appearance is anticipated to be February 7, 2018 in Federal court in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The complaint detailing the charges can be found in PACER in due course.

Broward Sheriff’s Office, Hollywood PD, Pembroke Pines PD, Miramar PD, Aventura PD, Hallandale PD, Miami Gardens PD, ATF, and the FBI’s South Florida Violent Crime/Fugitive Task Force are involved in this investigation.

The South Florida Violent Crime/Fugitive Task Force is made up of law enforcement officers from Miami-Dade PD, Doral PD, Miami Beach PD, Pembroke Pines PD, Plantation PD, Miramar PD, City of Miami PD, and the Broward Sheriff’s Office, and is led by FBI Miami’s Violent Crime Squad.

The investigation is still ongoing. It should be noted that investigators are looking into any possible connections between Bennett and similar robberies. No further information is being released at this time.

Anyone with any information regarding this investigation is urged to call the FBI at (754) 703-2000 or Crimestoppers.