Bank of America branch closes for hours after robbery Monday morning

BRADENTON, Fla. - Customers of a Bank of America in Bradenton showed up Monday afternoon to locked doors after a man robbed the branch with a large knife.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Brenan Cole Fountain, 21, stormed into the bank at 3401 Cortez Road around 11am and demanded cash, flashing a large knife.

Tellers handed over a small amount of money and Fountain fled.

Deputies arrested him minutes after he drove off, thanks to a bank security officer who followed him.  Fountain only had a small amount of cash on him.

An hour later, Mary Lou Murray showed up to withdraw money for lunch, unaware she just missed a robbery.

"Oh, that would've been terrible. I would've had a heart attack," she said.  "I think I'll just charge it today."

She wasn't alone. One by one, customers arrived to find doors locked.

"I'm shocked, absolutely shocked. I just don't understand how people can get away with this crap, or attempt to do it," Kieran Chapel said.

But customers weren't just shocked by Fountain's behavior and weapon choice.

"I didn't ask any question, except, 'What happened?'  And when they didn't say anything, I didn't pursue it," Edwina Ayers said.

One by one, as they discovered the bank closed early, the news made Fountain even more unpopular.

"I think the guy's nuts. That's the best I can come up with," said Don Dietterick.

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