Lee County Man Convicted of Bank Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon
FORT MYERS, FL—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury has found Jose Benitez, Jr. (46, Cape Coral) guilty of bank robbery with a dangerous weapon. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 4, 2016. Benitez was indicted on October 29, 2014.
According to evidence presented at trial, on October 8, 2014, Benitez robbed the Iberia Bank located at 812 Del Prado Boulevard South in Cape Coral. During the commission of the robbery, he walked into the bank dressed all in black with his face covered. He pointed a weapon at various bank employees, putting them in fear of their lives. He also threatened the employees, and forced them to get on the ground. Benitez fled the bank after the robbery, but left his glasses behind. A fingerprint recovered from the glasses was traced to Benitez.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cape Coral Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael C. Baggé-Hernández.